Commentary: Community comes together for prom

I wanted to thank a few of our hometown Strasburg businesses and individuals for their recent generosity.  These remarkable businessmen and women and community leaders played a part to make an event a reality on Jan. 24.
A friend of my eldest son who I have known for about eight years and who I have watched grow into a remarkable young man asked me a favor.  He asked me to coordinate a high school prom, now.  Prom is usually held in May and coordinated by a host of volunteers and school faculty over a course of months.  With the help of our community, we made it a reality in less than one month.  This young man is being deployed next month to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with the U.S. Army.  Now unable to attend the senior prom of his long-time girlfriend,  prom now was the alternative.
We decided on a theme, “Always with You” with yellow ribbons.  As this young man has made a friend with everyone he meets, this became a deployment party for him as well.
Our community stepped up and showed its support and generosity.  Phoenix Photography’s owner Laura Cales took photos  and portraits of everyone in attendance.  Lindsey Pfister of Strasburg Florist donated yellow ribbons, greens for table decorations, balloons, and her time to help decorate.  Sam and Pat Mumper of Hi Neighbor Restaurant donated food and table linens.
Todd Peer of H.L. Borden Lumber Company donated a mailbox that was filled with  cards by the guests for our serviceman. The cards will be mailed throughout his deployment. People’s Drug Store donated some of those cards.
Kitty Jean Miller baked a beautiful cake.  Strasburg High School Principal Ken Knesh was a supporter from the beginning, offering the cafeteria and anything I might need to make it a reality.  When Friday’s weather caused schools to close early and all activities to be canceled for the weekend, he did everything he could so that we could continue to have our event.  A new venue was needed and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Pastor Bill Nabers offered their fellowship hall.
Over 60 high school and college students, along with eight adults, were treated to a magical night.  Personal friends assisted with setup and transformed the space into something magical.
These young adults are the future of our community.  What a wonderful way to show them true community spirit and what a great place Strasburg is to live, to work.  I am so thankful that I live in a community where people really care, offering to help, so supportive of each other. It’s a great community and I’m proud to be a Strasburgian.
Vega C. Ziemer is a 23-year resident of Strasburg.