Arthur’s knights

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They were knights in shining armor when Arthur was doing his worst. 

And, through all the upset over cancelled concerts, damaged boats and downed trees, they most likely won’t get the recognition they deserve.

They are the line crews, RCMP officers, firefighters, Coast Guard officers, and others that, while most Islanders were at home weathering the storm, were out risking their lives.

Yes, admittedly, it has been a disappointing weekend for thousands of Islanders and many who came to our fair isle to take part in what has become the largest musical festival held on red soil.

Saturday’s headliners for the Cavendish Beach Music Festival — Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker — first of all were able to get to the Island, as flights were cancelled, restrictions were placed on the Confederation Bridge and ferry service was disrupted.

That, in itself, was disappointing enough but as Tropical Storm Arthur continued to show its might organizers of the festival, taking into consideration the safety of its other performers, their staff and of concertgoers, cancelled Saturday’s events.

There were outcries from disappointed concertgoers on various social media, comments from some out-of-province visitors upset with what happened although there was absolutely nothing that could be done to stop Mother Nature and her fury.

And there were others who experienced damaged thanks to the storm, whether it was fallen trees or those who, unfortunately, either had their boats extensively damaged or, like some at the Charlottetown Yacht Club, lost their vessels.

Thousands of Islanders were also left to weather the storm in the dark, with some by late afternoon Sunday still without power.

Yes, there was plenty of disappointment to go around.

But, there is more that each and every Islander should be thankful for.

While we were nestled in our homes, battening down the hatches, warm, safe and dry, firefighters in various Island communities were answering calls of fallen trees and small fires. Maritime Electric linesmen and those with Summerside’s utility were likely are still going on very little sleep throughout Saturday and Sunday to ensure that service was restored to each and every household.

And then there were our police services — RCMP and municipal police — who were out on Island thoroughfares removing trees, answering calls in the midst of the storm and updating Islanders all in the name of safety.

These men and women truly are Arthur’s knights.

So, when you finally have power restored and despite the disappointment of not seeing that big-name act, take time to think about, be grateful for and thank those who helped make weathering the storm that much easier.

Organizations: RCMP, Coast Guard, Charlottetown Yacht Club Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Iceland

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