In remembering the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Soldotna and Kenai Mayors David Carey and John Williams joined together for a community appreciation day last week at the Soldotna Sports Center.
"We wanted to bring everyone together, all the groups and associations, to really express our thoughts and feelings about what America is all about and to get everyone there to think about what it means to be a free country and of course to look back and remember the events of September 11th, which was such an eye opener for all of us," said Mayor Williams. There was also a commemorative blood drive held during the afternoon.
"Tonight, we teach and we praise. We celebrate the blessings of liberty and we remember the sacrifices of those that came before us. We will recognize the members of the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, and the Young Marines. They are the future today and they are America's best hope for a strong tomorrow. We will praise and thank the current members of the United States military which includes the National Guard, and Reserves. Their blood is being shed today in the fight against those who would destroy the American people. And lastly, we will especially note the long years of dedicated service that has been provided by the members of the Color Guards of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion along with their Auxiliaries. I cannot adequately express my great appreciation for the awesome work they have done, are doing, and will do in the future by their committed service on behalf of those who have served and died," said Mayor Carey.
Mayors John Williams and David Carey present Ruby Taylor of the VFW Auxilliary a bouquet of appreciation for all the Auxilliaries community support.
Members of both the Kenai and Soldotna city councils were on hand to pass out certificates, candy, and flowers as tokens of appreciation for service. The Air Force Band of the North Pacific played a medley of patriotic songs as a salute to those past, present, and future, serving to preserve the freedoms of the American people.
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