July 2, 2018
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one Nation
evermore! -Oliver Wendell Holmes
During the week of July 4th, Columbus
offers so much in ways to celebrate our independence from the Red, White and
Boom festival to neighborhood events throughout the city.
Each person chooses to acknowledge Independence Day differently
but ultimately, we are all celebrating the same thing—freedom.
This week my friend, Dave Kolbe, jumped out of an
airplane as a way to celebrate his 50th anniversary of his service
to the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North
Carolina. It is his first free fall in 48 years.
This jump is more than just a remembrance for him; he
is also working to raise funds and awareness for Helmets to Hardhats, an
organization that helps to find veterans work in the construction and building
industry after they come home – Dave is also a retired union ironworker.
He said, “No matter what area the Veteran served in,
the military taught them skills such as safety, taking direction and teamwork,
that will help them transition smoothly into the construction and building
trade. This influential program both positively impacts our Veterans and introduces
jobs into the Columbus economy.”
Dave chose this week to do his free fall for another
reason: What better way to help celebrate than by supporting those who serve
and have served our country?
Dave said, “The Fourth of July is an extremely
important day, but most of the time, the focus is on independence and
fireworks. This fall can help honor those serving and our Veterans by reminding
everyone that we would not be here without them.”
That is how Dave is choosing to celebrate.
In a time that is so divisive, I ask our residents to realize
the impactful role we each play as residents of the United States and of
Take time to remember all of our men and women who are
serving or have served at home and abroad.
I wish all of you a happy and safe Independence Day!