In our community, we are fortunate to have a tradition as constant and true as the change of seasons.
The tradition is the homecoming that has taken place at for 182 summers at Salem Camp Ground.
This year's homecoming starts Friday and continues until July 16. Activities start at 11 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
Between services and musical performances there are reunions of family and friends, children's games and enough food for 10 times as many people as attend.
Topping off days of fun and family activities will be some powerful old-time preaching, spoken from the heart by Methodist minister Dr. John Ed Mathison and Presbyterian minister Dr. David Swanson.
The Salem Camp meetings are open to everyone, so bring your family and make this a tradition as thousands of your neighbors have over the meeting's long history.
The Salem Camp grounds are located adjacent to the property of Salem United Methodist Church off Salem Road not far from the Brown Bridge Road intersection.
This year's meeting features a picnic and shuffleboard pavilion built by Sam and Becky Ramsey in honor of both their parents. Materials for the picnic tables were donated graciously by Nyloboard. This kind of dedication to community efforts both from individuals and by businesses needs to be replicated more often.