If you will remember in my last article, we talked about saying “thank you.”
Well, the Chamber Commerce was invited to be part of a community “Thank You and a Salute Our Heroes” ceremony on Sept. 11. This was thank you on steroids; wow, what a moving night!
It was a small committee made up of David Williams, executive director of the Granite City Park District; the Rev. Roy Boyer, Harvest Assembly Church, and the chamber, called together by Director Jerry Nelson and Robin Wright of Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation LLC, director Linda Shuh and Dawn Stewart of Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation LLC, and Bobbi Pratt, marketing director for Tara Care (the parent company of the two local facilities). It was the two nursing homes that spearheaded and hosted the community event at Wilson Park on Sept. 11.
The evening paid tribute and honored the local police and fire departments and emergency ambulance services that serve the communities of Granite City, Pontoon Beach, Madison, Venice and Mitchell. This was also a way these two facilities could show their appreciation for the support given to their skilled nursing facilities as they presented each department with a thank you plaque. The Rev. Roy Boyer served as master of ceremonies, with Tess Boyer singing. After the very solemn ceremony, the Doc Holiday Band started playing and hot dogs and brats were served.
We as a community don’t say “thank you” enough to the services that are such a vital part of our community. We become accustomed to them being there … our police, fireman, ambulance driver or doctor at the emergency room. But I ask you, how do you say thank you to those professions that play such an important role in our lives? When we don’t have the answers and we need help desperately, it is these professionals that come to our aid.
You don’t and you won’t understand or appreciate the role these professionals will play in your life until you have experienced the panic of not knowing what to do when something has happened to your loved one.
So let’s not wait; let’s practice what Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation and Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation have done. Let’s find some new and different ways to say “thank you” to our community services, our professionals, our organizations and to those people who simply do little things that make our lives a little nicer.