From the Desk of the Mayor - July 2021
We are now well into the season of celebrations, summer events, and elections. It has been a flurry of excitement since that June 30th announcement from state officials that “re-opened” Washington State. The town is abuzz with events and it feels beyond amazing to see, hear about, and participate in the celebrations that have had record-breaking attendance!
Our 2021 Go-Fourth celebration this year was off-the-charts spectacular thanks to Arleen Hubble and her incredible team! From the Red, White and Boom Firecracker Fun Run (sponsored by the Longview Parks and Rec Department), to the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta (sponsored by The KLOG Home Team, KUKN Country, The Wave and Cowlitz PUD), to the annual Go-Fourth Independence Day parade, the traditional Lake Sacajawea activities with food, merchandise, and informational vendor booths, musicians, and a remarkable fireworks display, Longview and the surrounding communities truly put their hands together in celebrating the 245th anniversary of our country and our freedoms. After enduring a difficult fifteen-month hiatus from gatherings, this summer of celebrating together has held exceptional meaning.
I get a little lump in my throat whenever I see an American Flag gently waving - especially during this time of year - and feel extremely grateful for the service given by so many on behalf of us all, so that collectively we can enjoy the everyday freedoms of living in these United States of America.
It has always been incredible to me to witness the selfless sacrifice of our first responders and their humble, quiet manner of serving our citizens - Thank you. To the numerous veterans, past and present, and our active military servicemen and women - Thank you. For our Longview Police and Fire and the countless hours spent protecting our community – Thank you.
We have only just begun with the ongoing fun this summer has to offer in our city, from concerts and movies at Lake Sacajawea, events at the Cowlitz Event Center, Longview Civic Circle and Downtown Longview. Find a venue, get connected, and join in!
In the meantime, I hope to see you while on the campaign trail. I’ll be out and about doing what I love best - meeting with folks and discussing the issues, listening and seeking for solutions, and keeping the lines of communication open within our community.
Happy summer and the very best to you all,
Mayor MaryAlice Wallis