Our View: Craig showing its best

Author George Elliot once wrote, "The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another."

This saying held more weight Saturday at the Hometown Heroes Picnic at Craig City Park, as community members honored U.S. military men and women -- past and present -- for their service.

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Truly, U.S. Armed Force members' sacrifice of time -- and for too many, their lives --in the name of duty has allowed the rest of the United States citizenry to fulfill their duties.

Or at least given them the potential to.

For that, our Armed Services members humble us, and we thank you.

The editorial board applauds those who came out to speak and share their touching stories. We applaud the young poets, who shared their verse. We applaud the volunteers who helped put on the event. We applaud the estimated 200 people who came out to listen to the speakers (an estimated 300 other people apparently showed up for food).

This says nothing of residents who brought items to donate to troops overseas. Virtually everything on the wish list was acquired, from sanitary products, to canned meats, crackers, canned cheese and more.

And this event was just one worthwhile event residents took part in.

Clean-up Craig also had its share of volunteers. Volunteers to spring out of the Beautification Committee included five churches and around 10 service and youth groups, which scoured the town's streets, picking up trash along the way.

Other groups did their part independently, taking the right steps toward making Craig the best it can be.

As part of the clean-up, residents cleared their houses and yards of old appliances and tires during the weekend. Early estimates show that residents pushed, pulled, drug or basically drove more than 190 refrigerators, thousands of tires and filled more than seven roll-off dumpsters with other appliances to City Park for recycling or disposal.

The city provided the service for free.

The city should also be commended for its work painting the gutters and working on sidewalks.

The editorial board would also like to thank those who volunteered and help put on the Special Olympics. More than 60 people volunteered to help the 132 athletes from the Western Slope. Local businesses and Kiwanis also helped out.

These contributions helped the community see joy in the athletes' faces.

Perhaps Bonnie Dalton said it best, "When you see that, you know it's all worth it."

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