A positive response to terrorism

The terrorist attacks around the world and especially in San Bernardino demand that all of us stand up for freedom, liberty and the belief that we, as Americans, are one nation under God. We can do something positive now to make a permanent difference.

We, as Americans, are a free people because of the men and women who have and are serving in all branches of the United States military. We need to demonstrate our support for American Service Members, past and present, by supporting the “Iron Mike Project.”

The Soldotna City Council has approved the 5-foot-tall bronze “Iron Mike” statue which will be placed on the pedestal at the entrance to Soldotna Creek Park, the jewel of the City’s many parks.

Last July 4, a group of local citizens, Herb Stettler, Jan Bobek and myself were asked by the Soldotna VFW if we would take on this Project which Herb Stettler had requested. We have raised almost $15,000 as of the 2015 Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7. That, too, was an act of terrorism.

If every person on the Kenai Peninsula donated $1, the “Iron Mike Project” would be fully funded. If every couple on the Kenai Peninsula donated $5, the “Iron Mike Project” would be fully funded. Please, consider helping with this project.

We are asking for your help, as a sign of your commitment to our military and as a statement against terrorism. Donations should be mailed to Iron Mike Project, Box 718 Soldotna, AK 99669 or by dropping off donations at the Soldotna VFW, Kenai American Legion, or the Kenai or Soldotna Elks Lodges. All donations are tax deductible and every penny donated will go only to the “Iron Mike Project.” Thank-you. Merry Christmas. God Bless America!