July 21, 2016

Serving Harrisonburg’s Finest

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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Last week, I met with a few friends of mine and asked, “What we can do for our dedicated service men and women in the area?” They are under so much pressure right now, with shootings occurring in multiple states where both police officials and civilians have been killed. When will the violence end?

I cannot honestly answer the second question, but I did have an answer for the first question: showing appreciation for our local service personnel in Harrisonburg, VA. Yesterday, July 20, 2016, a team of 20 volunteers gathered to help prepare and serve BBQ sandwiches, coleslaw, sweetened and unsweetened tea, water, and cookies. Strites Donuts also partnered with us by donating and serving several cases of their treats.

Every time a service person arrived to eat lunch and meet with friends on the force, I put a medal around his/her neck. Yesterday, that was 88 times. In addition to that medal, we gave each American hero a bag of encouraging literature to help them. I enjoyed seeing the people who partnered with us at the event, in addition to serving so many service men and women.

Now, I ask you another question. What is more important: making your voice heard about a certain opinion or saying thank you by giving out love? I chose and would always choose the latter option, even though it is not always easy.

So, as we move forward together towards unity in our nation, may we not focus at what people are screaming about but honestly about doing what is right. I was trying to do the right thing by asking my friends, “What can we do for our emergency and first responders?”

This gesture is a step in reaching out and extending love in our current society. Enjoy the pictures shown below and may new doors and opportunities in your life open so that you are able to say thank you and give to people in their times of need.

Proud of Harrisonburg’s Finest,


Showing Appreciation for Harrisonburg's Finest!




Pictures courtesy of Joseph Nunez