This past week I’ve been lucky enough to attend many events that exemplify what is best about our country and, specifically, our community. One night the Astoria LIC Kiwanis, a local organization made up of caring businesspeople from our area, had their annual Police and Fire Awards Ceremony in which they honored six local firefighters and police officers for acts of Valor and Community Service in the line of duty.
The night before that, I was lucky again to represent the community board as its Public Safety Chair, at the 30th Annual Fireworks Spectacular brought to us by the Central Astoria LDC (and the spirit of Julie Wager). If you were down Astoria Park that night you saw one of the best Fireworks displays that we’ve all been treated to in years.
Lastly, the day before that, in 98 degree weather, volunteers from the New York Anti Crime agency, which I am proud to lead, finished a 10 year project in which 26 names of local Veterans were placed, in individual octagon pavers, in the ‘Greater Love Than This’ Veterans Memorial Grove on Shore Blvd, between the Hellgate and the Triboro, in Astoria Park. Two-hundred names in total now grace that hallowed ground so that local families may honor their loved ones properly.
These 3 examples are what make Astoria a small slice of Americana and a shining example of what a community can achieve when all, caring organizations, dedicated public servants and involved citizens get together to improve their neighborhood and their neighbor’s lives.