From the Mayor’s (Ron Lucas) Desk:
I received this notice from the White House and provide it to each of you!
ADVISORY: President Obama to Award Medal of Honor
On July 12th, President Barack Obama will award Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry, U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry. Sergeant First Class Petry will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Paktya, Afghanistan in May, 2008. He will be the second living, active duty service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Petry’s wife, Ashley, and other family members will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.
The complete news release listed only that SFC Petry was from JBLM in Washington State. I am humbled to inform you that SFC Petry has been a longtime resident of Steilacoom involved in our community and especially with his wife and children in our schools. You have seen neither public recognition nor interviews to date. That is by design. After the July 12th White House ceremony …. Steilacoom and others in the nation will properly honor SFC Petry. I will be watching the ceremony on TV. The actions of May 2008 in Afghanistan will inspire the nation, bring a chill to your spine, and remind all of us of the many heroes who continue to serve this nation each day. While the full citation to be read on the 12th will describe a calm, professional leader and his actions that saved others’ lives, please know that SFC Petry would likely tell you others deserve the honor more. The nation is blessed that SFC Petry continues to serve on active duty as a senior non-commissioned leader. Also, he serves others with his amazing understanding and support to wounded warriors and families. I am truly in awe of a great soldier and very remarkable family who are our neighbors!!
Several guests have been invited to lead our 4th of July parade: COL R. Wyn Elder, the new Commander 62nd Airlift Wing McChord; Mrs. Sandra Troxell, wife of the Ist Corps CSM JBLM (deployed to Afghanistan) and family; COL Robert M. Taradash, Commander 42nd MP BDE (our community connector unit) and family.
Please be safe on the 4th of July and enjoy the Steilacoom Fireworks Show at 10:30 PM. Steilacoom code now prohibits the possession and use of fireworks!
Ron Lucas, Mayor
FIRESIDE GALLERY JULY, ARTIST
During the months of July and August, the photographs of Dr. Muhammad Shaukat will fill the Fireside Gallery at the Community Center.
STEILACOOM’S FARMERS’ MARKET
Wednesdays 3 pm – 7 pm
June 22 – September 7
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
The Summer Concert Series starts June 22nd and will run through August 24. Concerts are held in Pioneer Park and start at 6:30 PM.