Letters to the Editor

Festival Days improved our quality of life

Counting our blessings is a skill weŽ’ve learned to do even better since Sept. 11, 2001. We cannot take for granted either our freedoms nor the people whom we are with.

Like many Federal Way citizens, IŽ’m aware that among the greatest blessings is living in our strong community, where volunteers make a difference and individual skills and talents are valued, appreciated and encouraged.

There is no venue where this is more apparent than at our annual summer city get-together, Federal WayŽ’s Festival Days, featuring an all-American parade and two and a half days of entertainment for families of all ages.

This summerŽ’s parade was as delightful a distraction as such events can be, resplendent with colorful floats and candy-dispensing marchers from local schools, musical groups, churches, community institutions, small businesses and retail, service organizations and politicians seeking to energize and excite the electorate. Festival vendors and entertainment delivered top-notch food, goods and performances.

Thanks, as always, go to a dedicated group of community stars, ably and assuredly led by executive director Mary L. Ehlis. Many of these volunteers have provided the backbones of the festival for well over a decade. In a time of continued political and economic uncertainty, we can celebrate the gifts of this creative and hard-working cadre of men, women and young people whose generosity with their time and lives make the quality of living so rich for us all.

Mizu Sugimura

Federal Way

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