Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede sent this leavening account of the Salute to the Fourth, after reading our story today on Monday's events...he leads with a quote from the story:
“There’s a lot more that Rochester can do.”
I am very pleased that the Commission’s “Salute to the Fourth" efforts to do more has a great start with events beyond the city’s annual fireworks. And I wish them well in their efforts.
But to recognize the full picture of Rochester’s annual Independence Day celebration, one must point out a few other pretty important points. This year is the first that the City Council authorized the fireworks cost ($35,000) to be budgeted. In addition, the Post-Bulletin for years not only covered the fireworks cost AND continue to sponsor two full-page ads for the fireworks and Salute to the Fourth…thank you! In addition, the park department, police and fire departments all contribute to have a safe venue for the thousands of people who attend. And I do not forget the Rochester Concert Band, all volunteers who always provide a very patriotic concert.
Do not misunderstand, I value the work of the Commission and wish them well that someday they may generate enough revenue to assist in the actual cost of the fireworks. Yes, there is more that can be done, but I think our City of Rochester and other sponsors are doing a lot right now. A few years ago there were many businesses and individuals who came to the rescue and paid for the fireworks. It was then that the Commission saw the opportunity to assist. I have confidence that they will help even more in future years.
God Bless America!
Mayor Ardell F. Brede