Like so many of my friends here in the mountains of North Carolina and North Georgia, I met Ron Hill when he attended a writing class I taught over a decade ago. We have kept in touch although we have not seen each other in all these years.
Ron is a veteran of Korea, Viet Nam, and even Desert Storm. He has been given many honors for his service to our country. I want to honor him here today.
Ron is shown here after returning from serving during Desert Storm in 1991
|Eighteen year old Ron Hill ready for action in Korea|
Now in his eighties, Ron continues to work for the good of others.
He has long been active in charities in his community.
For my readers who live in western NC, Ron is originally from our area and held the position of Director of the John C. Campbell Folk School many years ago. I believe he said he was the first local person to hold that job.
In the past 20-plus years, I have met some of the most interesting and genuine people through my writing classes. Ron is one of those people. When we write and share the fabric of our lives in a class with others who are doing the same thing, we form a bond that is almost like family.
In a world where so many families and friends have developed a chasm due to political beliefs, I am grateful that the friends I have made in my classes don't let that happen. We don't talk about politics or religion in my classes.
Thank you, Ron Hill, for being my friend and for all you do for your community and what you have done for our country.