To the editor:
My work in organizing the 2018 Sept. 11 candlelight walk in Gustine was a little lighter this year thanks to many wonderful volunteers.
The Gustine Lions Club provided ice cream; the Gustine Chamber of Commerce provided water; Sharon Bettencourt presented beautiful music; Dennis Brazil was master-of-ceremonies; the West Side 4-H Club led the pledge; the U.S. Navy had personnel present from Naval Air Station Lemoore; Gustine High football players carried the banner; Fire Chief Pat Borrelli represented first responders; Pat Snoke represented the victims of that day and their families; the honor guard represented our local veterans; Gustine Middle School volunteers served our guests; and volunteers provided desserts.
Our thanks and appreciation as well to those who serve on the Gustine Police Department and Gustine Volunteer Fire Department.
Much work is involved, but when an event leaves a lasting memory and becomes a tradition in the hearts of many, that work becomes a selfless act of giving and caring.
When I started the community Sept. 11 walk in 2011 my intent was to prove our strength when we were united together, and to remember those who unselfishly responded to the devastation of terror that struck our country.
Now, my intent is to help us never forget that time of terror and to appreciate our freedom as we stand united.
My prayer is to always have faith and trust in our God, and as a nation to know how much we need to have the courage to stand strong in our convictions.
The silent walk started with 15 citizens and has grown every year. I hope the experience of being united with one another and the short program of remembrance at the veterans hall has been as touching for you as it always is for me.
God bless all of you who participate, and may God forever bless our nation.
Judy Quinn, Gustine