From The Mayor's Desk

INDEX

JOSEPH SPOR

ATTACK PROCLAMATION

COMING OF DAWN

REFLECTIONS OF THE RIGHT STUFF

UNITED WE STAND

A VETERANS' DAY PRAYER

THANKSGIVING

CELEBRATE!

ACTIONS AND REACTIONS

LEST WE FORGET

ANTHONY, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE

HOW TO REMEMBER

VETERANS' DAY 2002

THE FUND

FROM NEW YORK, WITH LOVE

HALLOWED GROUND

NEW YORK SAYS, THANKS!

WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN

 

 Lest We Forget

 

Iím a history buff.  Thereís a constant struggle at our house over the remote control and whether we watch what my wife and kids want, or the Discovery, TLC, or the History Channel.  I wonít go into who usually wins (ask Pam), but suffice it to say weíve added several televisions in the house.

 

My mom instilled in me my fascination with history long ago.  I think it was her way of passing onto a son, growing up ten thousand miles away from his country and family, his heritage.  Around the dinner table in the Philippines her stories of my grandparents and life on the farm during the Depression and World War 2 connected me to who she and my dad were and how they grew up.  Those stories gave me insight on why mom did things like save paper plates and tin foil and why she washed and reused plastic forks and spoons.  Living in a foreign land racked by blatant corruption and ruled by the wealthy, I learned about the sacrifices and struggles of ordinary men and women to create the life, liberty, and promise that is America. 

 

This week marks the six month anniversary of the most serious attack on that precious way of life since Pearl Harbor.  In the days and months since September 11 weíve seen this generationís response.  We witnessed ordinary people become heroes at Ground Zero, over the skies of Pennsylvania, and in far-off Afghanistan.  We affirmed our love of Country and support of freedom by our outward displays of patriotism and in our quiet solitary prayers.  We participated in the history of America through our acts of kindness such as adopting Joe Sporís family and comrades. 

 

Our Country will survive this latest threat and it will continue to shine itís light of freedom in a world darkened by hate and tyranny.  But Americaís light will shine only so long as her people understand their history of struggle and sacrifice.  Within that history are the lessons of the past and within those lessons are the answers for the future.

 

Thursday, March 14, at 2:30 the Anthony Elementary teachers and students will honor a hero of this latest struggle.  Lt. Joe Huber from the Fire Department of New York will be in attendance.  This day has been officially declared Lt. Joe Huber and Anthony Volunteer Fire Department Day to honor both Lt. Huber and our own firemen who volunteer so much of their time to serve and protect us. 

 

Please fly your American flags Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in honor of America, Lt. Huber and our own firemen.  Attend the school assembly at 2:30.  Our children have been provided the opportunity to experience history firsthand and because of it, they will be better prepared for the struggle their generation will face. We need to show them we value our history.  Iím grateful to our teachers and to Lt. Huber for extending this opportunity to us all.  May we never forget who we are and what we stand for.   

 

 

 

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