National Linemen Appreciation Day 2014

Today is a special day, a day to think about what it takes for you to have electricity on a daily basis.  Today is Linemen Appreciation Day.

Our linemen work so hard to give us our power.  They are out in the roughest elements, taking outage calls in the middle of the night, on holidays, sacrificing time spent with their families and risking their lives on a daily basis to make sure that America’s lights shine bright.  With out them, our lives, our country and the world would be a very different place.  They are, in a sense, the backbone of America.

To celebrate today, I woke up and ran the 5K race for the Fallen Linemen Organization; an organization that works to support families of fallen or injured linemen.  I also am in the process of making some yummy cupcakes for my linemen to bring to work tonight for the guys.

It’s still a normal Friday here, J.O is currently sleeping after working last night’s shift, I’m gearing up to head off to work and will return just before he has to leave for another night shift.  But, it’s nice to take an extra moment to recognize the fact that it takes more than a flip of the switch to keep our lights on.

So, I urge you to take a moment today to think about how your life would be different without electricity. Then, think about the risks and hard work it takes to keep it on everyday, through rain, wind, sun and snow. Happy National Linemen Appreciation Day to all the linemen that make the powered world as we know it possible. And a special thanks to my favorite lineman, my husband. Have you hugged a linemen today?

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Find out more ways to help families of fallen or injured linemen by visiting www.fallenlinemen.org or www.nsujl.org


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