The foundation of any solid community rests on the sacrifices made by those who came before and instilled a sense of pride in the place they called home.
The opportunity to show our appreciation for what some local athletes accomplished for the greater good of us all will come this Saturday when the second Fort Frances Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held at La Place Rendez-Vous.
This town has a reputation of being a hockey haven and that fact will be borne out again in part on Saturday.
Former Muskie girls head coach Scott Clendenning and the father-son tandem of Jim and Glenn Witherspoon, whose efforts helped bring about the Fort Frances Royals, will get their well-earned tributes.
So will Chris Lindberg, whose Olympic and NHL exploits gained him entrance into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame already.
But other inductees this year reveal the wide breadth of sports at which Fort residents have excelled.
The 1980 Muskie girls basketball team, baseball pitcher David Brockie, the 1958 curling rink skipped by Peter McLeod that became Manitoba Schoolboys champions and former CFL all-star Jeff Treftlin will also be honoured and rightfully so.
Their contributions to the sporting history of Fort Frances and elsewhere don't need to take a backseat to anybody.
The immeasurable dedication of these athletes and builders is a shining example to all of us that, while talent can take you part of the way to greatness, hard work and determination pave the rest of the route.
It will be a night for reminiscing and likely a tear or two in memory of those who were unable to see the day arrive when they took their place beside the sporting greats of this area.