In today’s world, community spirit is a phase and experience that has diminished greatly in the past few years.
Those who build and participate in a community event, however, know there is nothing like the feeling of having a community united and enjoying an event like the White Rock Torchlight Parade or watching the iconic Snowbirds.
To those who worked so hard at building community and giving us great memories, thank you. To those who participated, thank you. To those who took the time to make and enter their floats, thank you. To the parents and grandparents who brought the children so that they know and feel community, thank you. To all who came to support the events, rather than read about them or stay at home with their electronics, thank you.
As a child, I had fond memories of parades and seeing all the stores and groups participating. How great it would be to see more of our businesses participating and giving back to the community.
It takes everyone to build a community. Everyone and every organization can inspire others to belong to the community. But if they do not participate, how does one know if they exist?
It is said: “It takes a community to raise a child.”
Let us all build that community and its spirit. Let us give our children an example of participation, volunteering and enjoying what is being created for everyone to enjoy. Let the memories continue to grow. Let the annual activities become traditions.
What a gift to give the next generation – but it is dependent upon each and every one of us and our businesses. I am off to Murray Hyundai to see the manager and thank them for their participation.
If you know someone who helped in any of the community functions, take a minute and thank them in person to show your gratitude. It will help tremendously in building the all important community spirit. We can all create the spirit of tomorrow as a legacy for our children.
Marilyn A. Bileski, Surrey