For many serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Christmas Day won’t just be spent working — it also will be spent thousands of miles away from their families.
Weeks of anticipation and preparation will culminate with Christmas celebrations this week, and we’d like to take a moment to pause and thank those who won’t get a holiday break.
For some workers, they’ll spend Christmas serving their community rather than enjoying the holiday with family and friends. From the dispatchers standing by for emergency calls to the police officers patrolling our neighborhoods, we’re thankful for local law enforcement agencies who are on call at Christmastime.
Powell’s volunteer firemen also will be ready to respond to emergencies over the holidays, rushing out of family gatherings if the fire whistle sounds. The fact that they’re volunteers — willing to miss time with loved ones or even put their own welfare at risk — makes their service especially appreciated.
Local doctors, nurses, aides and EMTs also will be working over Christmas, from treating patients in the ER to taking care of residents in the care center. Healthcare doesn’t take a holiday, and we’re thankful for medical professionals who work around the clock.
The same goes for the folks who keep our utilities running — providing gas for our heaters, water for our homes and electricity for everything from cellphones to Christmas lights. While it doesn’t look like we’ll have a white Christmas in Powell, we appreciate transportation workers who ensure we can travel for the holidays, whether on the highway or in an airplane.
For many serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Christmas Day won’t just be spent working — it also will be spent thousands of miles away from their families. While we can never fully express our gratitude for their service, we can take a moment to recognize servicemen and women who sacrifice so much for our country, including holidays with their loved ones.
While most businesses in Park County close Dec. 25, a few remain open to serve the community. From gas station attendants to cooks, the holiday brings another day on the job, but hopefully they know they’re appreciated.
Whether this holiday finds you punching the clock or enjoying a day off, we wish you a merry Christmas.