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Our Veterans and Our Future

Written on: March 27th, 2010 in Helping Our Neighbors

Thursday was one of those days that remind me just how great it is to be a Delawarean.

Medal of Honor Recognition Ceremony

In the morning, I visited VFW Post #3792 in Middletown for the 10th Annual Medal of Honor Recognition Day.  This is the second time I’ve had the privilege of attending this ceremony, which is a moving reflecton on what our fellow Delawareans have sacrificed for our country.  I was truly humbled to be in the presence of our veterans as we remembered our Medal of Honor Recipients.

While I was on my way out,  I paused for a photo with a young girl.  I bent down to talk to her, and the five-year-old child recited the Pledge of Allegiance for me.  Of course it was adorable, but it was also an incredibly powerful embodiment of the future for which our veterans fought.

In the afternoon, I attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Dover Capital City Rotary Club.  At the event, the Dover High Select Ensemble delivered a stirring performance of our National Anthem.  The video below does not come close to doing them justice, but I thought you might enjoy it nonetheless.

On my way back to the office, I met students from the Red Lion Christian Academy on the steps of Legislative Hall.  They were visiting Dover for a civics class, learning about public service and how they can get involved to make Delaware a better place.

I’m proud of our past and inspired by our future.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Governor, and I hope you enjoy all that Delaware has to offer this weekend.

A few additional photos available here.

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