During a recent weekend, I attended the Rock Around the Clock Festival in Winnsboro. As interim commander of the S.C. State Guard, I attended the festival with a small group of Guardsmen at the request of the town’s police department. Local law enforcement expected large crowds for the weekend, and because of limited resources it asked us to help with traffic control and public safety. (That’s one of the many functions of the State Guard, a uniformed but unpaid force of almost 1,000 volunteers.) While there on patrol, it was an enjoyable opportunity to witness how events like this play an important role in a community’s quality of life.