Hope you enjoyed the fireworks

To the editor:

On behalf of the Sunnyside Lions Club Independence Day Celebration, I want to thank the thousands of people who took time to step inside Clem Senn Field last Saturday night to view the Lions’ fireworks show up-close and personal.

The Lions hope you enjoyed the show, regardless of where you were taking in the pyrotechnic display, whether from your cars, your front yard or your back yard.

I’m sure you will agree it was a spectacular lighting of the skies over Sunnyside. If you couldn’t see all of it – I invite you to come join us next year at the field.

I especially thank those volunteers who endured 100-plus degree heat to man the games and conducted the eating contests at the Lions booths at the football field this year. A huge thank you to our stoic Lower Valley Honor Guard, Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci and all of our vendors, who joined the Lions at the field to celebrate the United States’ birthday.

I also thank the Sunnyside police and firemen, who were on duty Saturday for helping keep the streets safe throughout the day and into the evening.

I also want to publicly thank Sunnyside’s Don McCracken, who was recently named AMVET of the year, for stepping up to stand in as the Sunnyside Lions Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Thank You Don for serving your country and for allowing us to honor you.

And, when you see him, congratulate Sunnyside Community Hospital and Clinics CEO John Gallagher, the winner of the 2015 Lions “donate to detonate” raffle.

Lastly, and most importantly, I offer my heartfelt thanks to our principle funders, the Sunnyside City Council and Sunnyside Community Hospital for their part in helping to ensure Sunnyside celebrates the Fourth of July with a star spangled sky.

/s/ Julia Hart, co-chair Sunnyside Lions Club fireworks committee

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