To The Herald-Whig:
On July 17, I was honored to participate in a couple of wonderful civic events in Quincy.
First, I joined in the delivery of the 9/11 artifact to Quincy. I wish to thank City Engineer Jeff Steinkamp and Mayor John Spring for their efforts to bring this item to our city. I also was moved by the many First Responders from the area who formed a massive escort as it was transported from the airport to City Hall. Among them was the Quincy Police Department officer who was recently shot, but miraculously not wounded, in the encounter with a desperate gunman that saw a deputy also narrowly miss being seriously wounded.
We are served, here and abroad, by courageous people who put themselves on the line to keep us safe. In fact, the artifact will be incorporated into an already existing 9/11 memorial which was the brainchild of a young Eagle Scout, who is now a U.S. Army scout serving in Afghanistan.
Later that afternoon, I attended a wonderful concert by the Quincy Park Band, a group of civic-minded volunteers, who bless our community with fine music each summer. That concert was especially good, and featured some truly extraordinary guest talent -- though our homegrown talent is quite fine. The band is really a great asset to our community. Additional thanks go to the Quincy Public School system for making Morrison Theater available in time of withering heat.
An afternoon that held elements of bravery and beauty, and served to show a great city at its finest. Thanks to all who made it possible.
Thanks also to all the folks who worked so hard to restore services and clear debris after the big storm. You also have done an impressive job.