If you could pick something your community does really well, what would it be? Maybe where you’re from, they keep the streets really clean. Maybe they hang gorgeous flower baskets on all the street lights in the summer. Maybe different organizations go above and beyond to bring residents and visitors together for some fantastic, fun, family friendly events.

I really hope these things happen where you live, because they are all things we enjoy in Westerville, Ohio! It is always nice to have hard-working city services. Keeping the city clean, pretty, safe, fun, electrified and fiscally responsible are things Westerville does very, very well.

There are, however, less visible workers that make Westerville a great place to live, work and visit. Consider the Honor Flight volunteer serving at the Pancake Breakfast. The Lion’s Club member greeting you at the Chicken Dinner. The volunteers helping the Sunrise Rotary make sure each row of American Flags is straight for the Field of Heroes. These folks provide the energy that keeps Westerville moving forward.

When you bring your family to any part of Westerville’s Noon Rotary Independence Day Celebration on July 4th, watch for the worker bees. Watch for the Rotarians handing out water, setting up at the venues, or organizing the parade units. Their dedication is reminiscent of the people who in any way made our split from the British Motherland a reality. Whether famous or unknown to history, their hard work created a place for our generation. The volunteers you see in the community, whether manning the bounce house on 4th Friday or in an office answering the phone, are making our city a great place for generations to come.

So as you are setting up your lawn chairs along Monday’s altered parade route, somewhere between St. Paul’s Church and Electric Avenue, think about the patriotism that’s happening right in front of you. Say thank you, and wave your flag!

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