Love is truly in the air this week as Friday is Valentine’s Day. Anyone who says St. Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, they better check their sources. I believe most people that refer to this day as that, are unwilling to celebrate the day of love anyway.
Valentine’s Day has always been the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending cards, candy, flowers or other tokens of affection.
The holiday is named after two men, both of whom were Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished and the earliest valentine dates from 1415 A.D.
Speaking of love, most of all you know that I love a Portage firefighter. For most of our 29 years together, Randy has either been a volunteer or a full-time firefighter. This man and countless others dedicate their lives to the protection and preservation of life and property, things that truly mean a lot to us all.
Over that amount of time you would think one would get used to a lifestyle that is much different than most people. Many times there are interrupted meals, holidays apart and stories of life-threatening experiences from the day before. Our children have grown up around pagers, fire alarms, red lights and sirens and vehicles that can do all kinds of seemingly miraculous things. We have a way of life that brings us to a strong sense of public service which accounts for the fact that many spouses are nurses, teachers, firefighters or even police officers as well.
Truth be told, though, with all the stress of this occupation, we also like to have a good time now and then and help people out at the same time. Yes, love is in the air Saturday and the public is invited to come celebrate at the annual Portage Firefighters Local 3151 Ball.
The ball will be held at 6 p.m. at Woodland Park's Sycamore Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road. The cost is $50 per person which includes dinner by Topperz, open bar and dancing the night away with your sweetheart. There also will be a photo booth, raffles and more. For more information or reservations, please contact Pat Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, the Portage Fire Department is committed to serving this community, not only through public service but through many volunteer functions and groups. Portage Rebuilding Together, Relay for Life, the annual Bike Rodeo and Safety Day, Shop with a Fireman and several college scholarships, given out to graduating Portage seniors, top the list of the many things they do for the community. The firefighters could not help out this great city without your support in their endeavors like the Firefighters Ball.
I’m extremely proud of our Fire Department and all it does in our community both on the clock and off. Please come on out and have a “ball” with the firefighters and help spread the love in Portage at the same time.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.