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So much to be grateful for

June 16, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

To the editor:

There is so much to be thankful for regarding our seventh annual Parade of Thanks. To begin with, it was great to have a clear, blue sky, a slight breeze, and temperatures above 60 degrees. That was definitely a first.

As always, Copper Country Ford, Keweenaw Automotive, Moyle Construction and Northern Auto offered vehicles for our special honorees and floats. The cities of Hancock and Houghton, along with their police officers and city employees provided tremendous support. Walmart, Office Max, local print, radio, and television media offered much-needed support to publicize and promote the parade. Several people volunteered as drivers, others assisted in directing the parade lineup and The Salvation Army from Ishpeming graciously offered its canteen full of refreshments for parade participants. The parade took more than an hour due to the large number of those who expressed their support and appreciation for our Armed Forces. Hundreds waved and cheered on our veterans and military support organizations.

Our Tribute Dinner, which honored our Grand Marshal Bill Archer, Patriot of the Year, Kim Maki, and Jr. Patriots of the Year, Joseph Cullins and Alexander Monette, was made possible due to the kind support of Tim and Suzie Landers who provided the Brownstone Hall, Michigan Tech Catering, McDonald's, Roy's Bakery, and Walmart who provided food and supplies. Courtney Clisch, Tom Katalin and Sergei Kasper provided the special music and Rent-All of Houghton provided the large screen television for our salute to fallen soldiers in the current war.

A special thanks to all Keweenaw Care Members over the last seven years. God bless you for your patriotism.

My hope is that our community will continue to honor, thank and support our veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces. Without them, there would be no America and none of the freedoms we currently enjoy.

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"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." Proverbs 3:27.

Dennis Korby

Keweenaw Care Corps




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