When we moved to my husband's hometown in 1994, I was so proud to be coming to the town that had stood up to hate and intolerance in defense of its neighbors and community. In June, Billings will be hosting the 20th year anniversary of Not in Our Town, a remembrance of when the actions of a town inspired itself and people all over world to be better.
Now 20 years later, this community again has a chance to show the world what it is made of. We will welcome folks from all over America who have been motivated to improve tolerance in their own communities by that example.
Recently a bit of turmoil was created when the committee coordinating the event asked if the City Council might want to contribute to funds needed to create a superior national event. While many communities have chosen to contribute to similar events, it became apparent that some vocal citizens of our community felt this was an inappropriate use of city funds and the request was withdrawn.
But the citizens of Billings can insure that we again show our best selves to the world first by donating to the Not in Our Town 20th anniversary event to guarantee the best event ever, and second, by enthusiastically welcoming our visitors and celebrating with them past pride and future actions. History knows what the citizens of Billings are capable of. Now let's show them we are still that town.