Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rockville Memorial Library: Remarks of County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg at the Renaming Ceremony, May 28, 2010

Renaming of the
Rockville Memorial Library
May 28, 2010 

On behalf of Council President Nancy Floreen and my colleagues on the Montgomery County Council, I want to add our very warm welcome to all who are attending this joyful ceremony to rename this library—the Rockville Memorial Library.

County Executive Leggett, Mayor Marcuccio, and Secretary Chow, thank you for your leadership in our community and your steadfast support for those who have served in Nation’s Armed Forces.

All of my colleagues on the County Council are proud of the dedication and service of all members of our Armed Forces and we honor the memories of those who died in the defense of freedom.  We salute their many accomplishments and recognize the many sacrifices they made to protect our Nation’s liberties and our American way of life.

Throughout our long history as a Nation—and as a County—members of Americas Armed Forces have stood guard against all threats to our Nation. And when they were called, they have gone into battle, with purpose, conviction, and courage to defend our interests throughout the world.

Some returned from the battle; some did not.

Our country and our County are stronger because of their service, because of their strength, because of their intelligence, and because of their courage. We owe them everything for their many contributions to America’s greatness.

On Monday, May 31st, we will observe Memorial Day across the Nation. More than a date on the calendar, it is a special day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their greatest gift to our country. 

Today, as we proudly rename this library, we should reaffirm our commitment to those members of our Armed Forces who live in our community and pledge to do more to help those who have served.

As a County, Montgomery can do more to help our Veterans and their families deal with the issues of health care, homelessness, education, and jobs. We can help Veterans and their families deal with the range of physical and mental illnesses that often are related to military service. And we can help them “navigate” the complex systems of federal and state resources for veterans and their families. And this is what we’ll do. This is our solemn obligation to those who have fought the fight, and for their widows, widowers, and orphans. 

Today, we remember those who died—in our hearts, our memories and our prayers. We must never forget their contribution to our Nation and their protection of the American family. With the Rockville Memorial Library, we will never forget.

Thank you.

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