Our next generation [Editorial]

thendricks@theaegis.com

Ours is a diverse community.

But as different as we are, and as much as things change, there’s much that’s eerily similar. Just as importantly, there’s a great desire to keep much about our lives the same.

We’ll choose to note a couple of the more positive aspects of modern American life in Harford County. One of the more obvious is a big milestone celebrated this week from Darlington and Havre de Grace to Joppatowne and Kingsville to Bel Air – the Fourth of July, more accurately our nation’s independence.

Elsewhere in this edition, Ashley Greiner said of the family events held throughout Bel Air for the Fourth: “I love it, because I hope that it builds memories for [my children], and I hope they can continue one day with their own families.”

Her sentiments echo family traditions stretching back over many decades. As Kayla Bawroski reported in her 50 years ago column in Wednesday’s pp&t, Bel Air and Havre de Grace were planning big parades and fireworks displays on the Fourth of July. There were other celebrations planned, too, but Bel Air and Havre de Grace are the two that have continued uninterrupted in the past half century.

Others are giving freely of themselves outside of the Independence Day celebration circles to not only help create memories for others, especially young people, but also to help them find their paths forward in positive ways.

The county recently honored 17 Champions for Children and Youth, also noted in Wednesday’s pp&t, for their efforts over the past year, especially in preventing addiction where making a difference among young people is paramount.

“We are deeply grateful to this year’s honorees and sponsors for supporting health, education and protection of our youth,” Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive, said. “By lifting up our next generation they are helping to build a strong future for Harford County.”

We add to Glassman’s comments that there are good people in generation after generation after generation looking out for the next one coming along. As long as that continues – be it about keeping Fourth of July celebrations alive or keeping young lives from succumbing to addiction – our collective differences will be somewhat more tolerable.

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