My wife and I have lived in New Harmony for 25 years. I am an active member of the local American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Iron County Veterans Coalition. I was the retired Navy captain who proudly served on the “Welcome Home” committee for our WWII and Korean War veterans who went on the Honor Flight trip to Washington D.C. in 2015.
As the captain who greeted each of them as they entered the red carpet area upon their return, I, along with other community members and city leaders, witnessed the level of community support for those who go in harms’ way for the common good of all who live in this land of the free. Likewise, we witnessed the outstanding level of support for these American heroes and their families.
For some time now, America’s police and fire responders have been confronted with violence in many locations across the country. Like our brave military men and women who serve for the common good of all, America’s police and fire responders willingly put on a uniform and go in harm’s way to protect and preserve our freedoms and the right of every citizen to live the American dream.
This Saturday, May 7, there will be a community-wide celebration proclaimed as Public Safety Responder Appreciation Day. The day will begin with one of the greatest symbols of American unity – Main Street will be lined with hundreds of American flags. At 11 a.m. the community will assemble at Main Street Park to share in our strong support for our police and fire responders.
This is a day to personally say “thank you for your service to the community.” The park festivities will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include many polished police and fire vehicles, police K-9 demonstrations, live music, Fun-Time Inflatables and a free community lunch social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a large community message board for your hand-written messages and drawings in support of our responders and their families.
All attendees will receive a Responder Appreciation ID wristband. For more information, contact me at (435) 865-1673.
As a grateful community, let us show our appreciation by working to uphold the values our local responders protect every day. Likewise, let us show appreciation to their families.