Reporting in from the field: The City of Federal Way is a bedroom community 30 miles outside Seattle, Washington. Only about half the residents vote and yet….today I got to see something special.
MG Bernardy, a reader of these pages and a dear friend of mine, wanted to do something for our Police Department. She’d taken over a plate of cookies, but just felt more should be done to support our men and women in blue.
MG is a woman of unconquerable energy and enthusiasm and when she gets an idea into her head, your best bet is to get behind her or you’ll get bumped or run over on the way to her goal. MG decided a rally would be a great idea and, at a local town council meeting, mentioned it to our Chief of Police.
“Oh, Huntie, the biggest grin came up on his face! Almost brought a tear to my eye or maybe his!” She applied and got a permit for Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on our main drag at the corner of Pacific Highway and 320th. Getting the word out was dicey. We wanted a positive turnout without a lot of backlash, so primarily it went out by word of mouth. As the day got closer, MG began to fret. “What if only four people show up?”
In her dreams, she wanted all four corners to be covered with people and signs expressing support and it came true. In fact, it was damn successful! Better yet was the reaction from all the cars passing thru the intersection. I’ve participated in sign waving in support of candidates on that corner and it’s a treat when someone honks to say, “Yeah! I support you!” This time?
The cacophony and competition in beeping styles was wild, enthusiastic and very fun. I haven’t laughed at a rally before. This was outstanding, warm hearted and deeply felt. The honking came from in lanes, thru the intersection and kept on going – tiny beeps, loud raucous blasts, short flutter bursts, lots of rhythm and jazzy tunes were honked in support. Hand printed signs saying, “We are proud of our police,” “We support the Blue,” “Honk if you support the police!,” “We respect our police,” “Thank You Federal Way Police Department,” “Bless the Police!” and variations of all styles and ink. Passengers in cars got huge grins on their faces, rolling down their windows and waving to us. One gentleman was walking by and stopped to read our signs. “Support for the Police Department?” He asked in surprise. Somebody turned, “Yes.” That man just beamed and solemnly shook each of our hands and then walked to the next corner and stopped to shake their hands.
What a great day! Photos will be posted as an update when I get ’em.
Here’s a taste of what it sounded like:
UPDATE – Photos taken by Bruce Honda