Veteran’s Day Speech 2010

In Board of Trustees on November 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

On behalf of all the residents of the Village of Springville, I wish to thank all the Veterans here today, all the local Veterans who could not attend today, and all our local sons and daughters presently serving in the military.

As mayor I thank you for this invitation to speak on Veteran’s Day.  I welcome the invitation to this ceremony and the Memorial Day ceremony because on these days I am asked to speak about character and virtue, and not about financial, legal, or political matters facing the Village.

Today I am here to thank you and all Veterans for your noble service and to remind us all that our Village, our Town, our Country is a far better place because of you.

This morning, as we look around at these monuments to Veterans here in Shuttleworth Park, we are reminded of how your service has guaranteed our country’s freedom and well being in our lifetime.  The recent history of our country is told here in Shuttleworth Park. It is a history of service by Springville and Concord men and women.  It is a history of moral courage by Town and Village residents.

You have made a difference in the world because of your moral courage and service to our country, and that is no small matter.  General George Patton, who became famous for expecting his soldiers to have moral courage, knew this when he said “Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”

And so we celebrate your moral courage precisely because it is not a virtue we witness every day. In our day to day affairs we sometimes forget that the heroism and the sense of duty which motivated you and all Veterans in their military service is absolutely necessary for the sustainability of our Country, of our Town, and of our Village.  And I would even say of our own personal happiness.

Abraham Lincoln, who I believe demonstrated the greatest moral courage and leadership as President, and who by the way was elected 150 years ago this month, said “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” And it is the service to others, the service to our country, that counts the most in our lives, in our years on earth.

And so, I want to thank you all not only for your selfless service in the military, but for inspiring us all to live better lives in service to our community.  I believe that we should celebrate Veterans Day every day is by following your example.

Thank you for your courage, your service, and your example.