Volunteerism is one of the primary indicators of a healthy community. The Kenai Peninsula’s people and organizations have an outstanding record of rallying to the needs of individuals and groups. Illnesses, natural disasters and tragedies bring out the best in those loving family and community members that want to be part of something bigger and better.
In the past few weeks, I have been repainting the red, white and blue fire hydrants in the city of Soldotna. I have found people interested and on the streets early in the morning, during the afternoons and late in the evening as I have painted. It has been a wonderful experience again this year as it has been for the past five years since the whole community rallied and did the first painting immediately after the 9/11 attack on America.
I have had many questions asked of me during this activity.
The city’s fire hydrants were chosen because water is the source of life for all and especially for those along the Kenai River. The fire hydrants are painted red, white and blue to remember those who died in 9/11 and the community services workers who keep American communities strong each law enforcement officer, Central Emergency Services personnel, doctors, nurses and medical services personnel, along with the public works, maintenance and parks people. All help to keep us safe.
The 9/11 timing also makes the red, white and blue fire hydrants a symbol of thanks for all those serving in uniform, at home and in far away combat areas.
Everyone should be willing to be a volunteer and find the great joy it provides and the needs it meets.
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