I’d like to share one of the highlights of my volunteer service on Greenwood Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Recently, we have begun reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and one of us gets the honor and privilege of leading our fellow Commissioners.
Like many of you, you might have said the pledge every school day. I remember it being standard practice but as an adult, not so much. How refreshing it was when, for the first time in a very long time, I recited the pledge and really processed the words and what they mean.
What a great way to start any meeting and to remember everyday why it’s important to “pledge allegiance”. Try it sometime!
Henny LasleyPlanning and Zoning CommissionerDistrict 1
We have a tradition to take one of our children, and now grandchildren, on a trip when they graduate from high school. Our oldest one wanted to go to Dachau. Our granddaughter said that she wanted to go to Paris. Wow, what a difference a generation can make. We had one stipulation. We were going to visit Omaha Beach. She said, “What is that?” Now I understand that she is not a self-centered brat. She is a lovely young lady who has grown up in the academic system of our times. All high school students, I believe, should be informed about one of the greatest military invasions in history to preserve freedom and destroy tyranny. She saw Pointe du Hoc where men climbed a cliff to destroy a German machine gun nest while risking their lives. Four out of five men died during that assault. She saw a graveyard with white crosses as far as the eye could see. She had tears in her eyes when she saw the ages on the crosses.
While leaving we had lunch in Bayeux at an outside restaurant. A man came up to us and asked, “Are you American?” Of course, we answered yes. Then he said, “We will never forget what you did for us, and my grandson here is going to remember also.” He was holding the hand of a nice-looking boy about seven. This happened, by the way, to be June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day. It was a powerful moment for all of us. Our granddaughter asked, “Why was I never told about this?”
We went on to Paris, but her last comment was, “Omaha Beach was the most important part of my trip.”
Bravo to Mort Marks for his “Religion – are we losing an American tradition?” editorial piece (REMARKS August 29, 2019). While age may not necessarily increase one’s wisdom, it does provide a much broader perspective in which to gage contemporary trends. I grew up in a time when Judeo-Christian values were widely accepted in society and as a result, members of society had a basic concept of right from wrong. You may remember in the late 1980’s when Harvard Business School was offered $20 million to endow business ethics. After five years, the school admitted they had no idea how to teach ethics. The problem is that ethics and morals in our country are so fluid that there is no firm standard of conduct. We look to entertainers, sports figures and politicians to tell us what we should believe. With the loss of our Judeo/Christian-based values, our country has lost its moral compass. As a result, our adults are angry and our children confused. Is there any surprise that disrespect, violence, and teen suicide (3rd leading cause of death) are becoming commonplace?
Religion is not simply a valuable tradition. It is much more. It is where we find a sustainable and unchanging set of values. Values which are timeless and provide standards for living that have historically proven to be in the best interests of both the individual and society. Without a set of resolute and unwavering standards by which to gage our leaders, how are we to choose?
John Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in May 17, 1776 said, “It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to support and establishment of both.”
God bless America,
Bob BrooksElder, Highline Community ChurchGreenwood Village
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