Attendees enjoy the Earth Day festivities April 21 at Transformation Park on Camp Humphreys, Korea.

CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- "Rain, sleet, or snow, Earth Day is a go," said Onsemus Smith, Chief of the Pollution Prevention and Compliance Branch of the United States Army Garrison Department of Public Works' Environmental Division.

Indeed, despite the rain and cold, the Earth Day Celebration went ahead as scheduled, April 21, at Transformation Park and it was well-received by the attendees.

"I think it's pretty cool," said Pfc. Aaron Boutin. "It looks like everybody is having fun, even though it's raining."

"It's good, because I'm here with my family and my friend and I got a lot of prizes," added Daniel Ward, age 9.

The event started at 10 a.m. and was scheduled to last until 2 p.m. However, the weather created a different outcome. But there was still plenty of activity despite the truncated time frame. There were prizes awarded for homemade crafts created out of recycled material, clay leaf projects, trivia games, arts and crafts, and free food. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service donated gift certificates for photo contest winners.

The event was a partnership between Outdoor Recreation and DPW Environmental, and there were also volunteers from USO, the Boy Scouts, and the Girl Scouts.

"I think it's neat that the kids get an opportunity to learn how to better the environment," said Spc. Randall Shaver.

"I'm proud of our Girl Scouts and we prepared them on how to reduce, re-use, and recycle," added Summer Young.

"We want the community to know what we're doing as an installation to be good stewards of the environment," Smith said.

When asked what Earth Day was all about to her, Victoria Caldwell said, "Being able to give back to the community and help preserve the Earth for future generations."

Private First Class Kevin Wade may have summed it up best when he said, "Its cold, it's wet, but a lot of people showed up. The outcome was bigger than I thought."

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