Going door to door in the 147th district is a continual delight of intelligent, caring constituents mixed with the varied communities in which they live, work and play. Yet every once in a while there is something more—an extra sight or sound on a rural road or in a suburban neighborhood that further reminds me of the great value of the 147th.
This week that bonus came in the Town of Elma, on one of the more rural roads off of Seneca Street. I was driving along, desperately trying to figure out where to make the turn that my GPS was mechanically predicting. Suddenly, the street sign was before me. I made a quick turn, focused more on the driver behind me (undoubtedly cursing the crazy woman driver) than on the new street scape before me. Yet, it took only a moment before I was literally stopped by what I saw.
Along both sides of the road, as far as the eye could see, full sized American flags were hanging from the trees defining the roadway. Additionally perfectly tied yellow ribbons adorned the tree trunks, flanked by rows of minature American flags set into the ground, appearing much like batallions of soldiers standing guard.
As I said, the patriotic vision before me caused me to stop and more fully experience the glory of this Elma neighborhood. Of course it was only a matter of minutes before I was out of my car, asking residents about the display. As it was explained, the neighbors had come together to create this roadside salute for a soldier who was shipping out to active duty.
For the rest of the night, the image of that patriotic display stayed with me, its full impact continuing days later. The strong ties of family and country that bind that neighborhood were clearly evident through those flags and ribbons. They were also an outward sign of what I believe is one of the greatest resources in the 147th District….the people.
That is why I am running for the NYS Assembly….for the honor of serving such remarkable individuals.