Dear Customer and Friend in the Fire Service,
As our world emerges from a pandemic shutdown, we hope the summer sun shines its warm rays brightly on you, your families and friends and brings renewed hope and opportunity!
I just returned from a 30 day unexpected mobilization from the Army Reserve where I helped our nation deal with the challenges we face from a surge in immigration, especially unaccompanied children, at our southwest border. It's never easy to mobilize as a reservist to leave family and work to don our uniform and help our country in a time of need. I am thankful to have been able to serve despite the inconveniences, and I am also grateful to be able to come home and renew my routines and comforts of a civilian life full of advantages and opportunities.
We can and should have a healthy debate about the reasons for the migration surge as well as the proper ways to manage immigration in the future, but having seen the crisis up front, I can only say that I am grateful for our country's willingness to spend its treasure to deal with the unaccompanied children in a compassionate manner. When you see an 8 year old boy timidly step off a bus holding his 6 year old sister's hand at 11:00PM in the cool dark of night with nothing but the clothes on their backs, you realize that the immigrant's path to a better life is certainly not an easy one and one that none of us would willingly choose. Such humble scenes are not new in our world. We have heard similar stories starting with a very famous baby born in a barn in Bethlehem who then fled with his family to Egypt to escape persecution to personal and familial stories from our own history as a nation of immigrants escaping Europe's rigid feudal systems for our experiment on a society based on a national contract guarantying freedom and opportunity.
As we celebrate summer's birth with our families and friends, we hope you pause to consider the service of those men and women, from all walks of life, who answered our nation's call to service and never came home again.
Our company is very fortunate to emerge from the Covid challenges with a healthy work order board and a team of dedicated and hard working professionals, committed to building the highest quality thermoplastic products. If we can help you in anyway, please ask.
See you around the fire service soon, hopefully without a mask!
President, Pro Poly of America