For hundreds of years men and most recently women have fought for our country to protect the American way of life. We owe everything to our veterans and those actively serving, but what about the other halves left behind?
SoldiersвЂ™ husbands, wives, mothers, and children keep life going on the home front while a piece of their family is defending their country and itвЂ™s not easy. That is where the community can step in. The Community Covenant Program, formed in 2008, is designed to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. When agreeing to the covenant it is viewed as a formal commitment of support by state and local communities to soldiers and their families of the army and other branches of the military.
Last year was the first formal signing of the Community Covenant in local counties В but it was not the beginning of support in Emery county.
вЂњ This service is very near and dear to my heart, and this is a great way to combine the communityвЂ™s efforts into one movement,вЂќ Commissioner Laurie Pitchforth said during Tuesday morningвЂ™s Commission meeting.
Sgt. Ryan Palmer of the Utah National Guard presented the idea of a County Liason to the commissioners.
вЂњWe have the communities sign the covenant, but things seem to get confusing when you donвЂ™t have a main contact. This year we are asking the counties to designate a liaison,вЂќ Palmer said.
Emery County is in full support of the idea and invites the public to show their support at the new Community Covenant signing on November 13, 2012.
вЂњ I was extremely impressed with the signing in Ferron last year, it was a very patriotic occasion and I am looking forward to keeping the tradition going,вЂќ said Commissioner J.R. Nelson.