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“And John had this in­cred­i­ble fa­cil­ity of be­ing able to be best friends with every pres­i­dent. They didn’t know whether he was a Demo­crat or a Repub­li­can. But they knew he was an all-Amer­i­can.”

Sa­lut­ing the Colonel

Every birth­day only gets bet­ter for Col. John Bour­geois, the for­mer direc­tor of “The Pres­i­dent’s Own” United States Marine Band, who ear­lier this year was crowned by es­teemed peers as the mod­ern day John Philip Sousa.

As he does each birth­day, the Louisiana-born Bour­geois, who re­sides in Tiger Val­ley, hosted an out­door lun­cheon last Thurs­day fea­tur­ing gen­uine Ca­jun food — which he him­self spends days pre­par­ing — for dozens of his Rap­pa­han­nock friends and their wives (the lat­ter kindly ac­com­plish­ing the serv­ing).

Proof that the colonel’s dishes were true Ca­jun was re­flected on the face of an ap­prov­ing for­mer Louisiana Sen. J. Ben­nett John­ston, who added ex­tra tabasco sauce to gen­er­ous help­ings of shrimp and salad, sausage and rice. In fact, the for­mer sen­a­tor, who lives in Old Hol­low, added a healthy layer of hot sauce to his bread pud­ding, pre­pared by Au­drey Reg­n­ery of the Green­field Inn Bed and Break­fast in Wash­ing­ton.

Mrs. Reg­n­ery smiled and told the sen­a­tor, “I’m glad you like it.”

“We know John is a great cook, and John you out­did yourself to­day, this is wonderful,” John­ston re­marked dur­ing post­meal birth­day trib­utes to Bour­geois. “We know he’s a great mu­si­cian be­cause we’ve heard him di­rect the bands here. But few peo­ple know — I guess you started out with [Jimmy] Carter?”

“Eisen­hower!” the colonel cor­rected.

“And John had this in­cred­i­ble fa­cil­ity of be­ing able to be best friends with every pres­i­dent. They didn’t know whether he was a Demo­crat or a Repub­li­can. But they knew he was an all-Amer­i­can.”

Among other well­wish­ers sa­lut­ing Bour­geois was for­mer FBI and CIA direc­tor Wil­liam Web­ster, who after a bit of prod­ding pro­vided his per­sonal take on for­mer FBI direc­tors James Comey and Robert Mueller — and North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jongun — as each, in dif­fer­ent ways, con­tinue to con­front “The Don­ald.”

When it came his turn to speak, the colonel re­minded his guests, in­clud­ing Fa­ther Ho­race “Tuck” Grin­nell of St. Peter Catholic Church, “It’s more blessed to give than re­ceive. And I hope that I haven’t given you in­di­ges­tion.”

Then, turn­ing se­ri­ous: “You are the trea­sure of my life. And that is very spe­cial to me. You’ve given me ev­ery­thing — friend­ship, ca­ma­raderie, and some­times good sto­ries.”

“And some­times grief!” some­body shouted from a nearby pic­nic ta­ble.

“Not too much grief,” Bour­geois quipped. “They didn’t at­tend to­day.”

SYM­PA­THY

Our com­mu­nity is deeply sad­dened by the death of Gary Set­tle’s fa­ther, Fred Thomas Set­tle. Set­tle, 81, passed away last Wed­nes­day, Aug. 23. Fu­neral ser­vices were held on Tues­day, Aug. 29, at Found and Sons Fu­neral Chapel with Rev. Jon Hed­dle­ston of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment fol­lowed in Sper­ryville Ceme­tery with mil­i­tary hon­ors pro­vided by Culpeper VFW Post 2524. Gary, you are in our prayers.

BIRTH­DAY WISHES

Birth­day wishes go out to a spe­cial young lady, Joy Vir­ginia Alther, of Wash­ing­ton. She will cel­e­brate her day on Tues­day (Sept. 12). Happy birth­day, Joy!

Also, birth­day wishes go out to twin sis­ters Shirley Hitt and Hazel Haines. They will cel­e­brate their birth­day on Sept. 16. Happy birth­day, ladies!

REMEMBERING 9/11

Our coun­try will be paus­ing on Mon­day, Sept. 11, the 16th an­niver­sary of the great­est ter­ror­ist at­tack upon the United States.

Let's not for­get the in­no­cent vic­tims and the brave he­roes that died at­tempt­ing to save them. We will never for­get the sur­vivors, the chil­dren, the dev­as­tated fam­i­lies and the griev­ing friends they left be­hind.

But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we'll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt. We will remember the dead and what we owe them. We will remember what we lost and what we found.

And in our time, we will honor the mem­ory of the 11th day by do­ing our duty as cit­i­zens of this great coun­try, free­dom’s home and free­dom’s de­fender. Let’s take time out from our busy sched­ule on Mon­day, Sept. 11 to remember those who lost their lives through this tragedy!

Have a wonderful week!

BY RAY BOC

Ja­son Brady, vice pres­i­dent and se­nior com­mer­cial banker at Union Bank & Trust in Wash­ing­ton, moon­lighted as bar­tender for Col. John Bour­geois’ birth­day lun­cheon last Thurs­day, at­tended by a large crowd (top).

PHO­TOS BY JOHN MC­CASLIN

For­mer FBI and CIA direc­tor Wil­liam Web­ster (above right) presents a birth­day gift to Col. John Bour­geois, the for­mer direc­tor of “The Pres­i­dent’s Own” United States Marine Band who lives out­side Wash­ing­ton in Tiger Val­ley.

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