August 28, 2009
Once again, the people of this great city have humbled me with their generosity.
After recognizing the difficult decisions being made by the City Council in these trying times – including having to cut funding for the Veterans Day Parade – many citizens of Jacksonville and a number of private sector companies have stepped forward.
They didn’t rise in opposition to the cuts; rather, they stepped up saying that they wanted to further galvanize their support for this great military town by privately funding this year’s parade! As the grandson of two of our military heroes, I am overwhelmed and deeply appreciative and as a Jacksonville native, I am as proud as ever to call this city home. This is another example of how a great city responds to adversity. We band together and make good things happen. Here’s to you, Jacksonville! Let’s make this year’s parade bigger and better than ever!
Richard A. Clark