Good afternoon, everyone:
On November 9, it was great to join my friends in Scottdale at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center for their 2023 Veterans Day Celebration. This was a wonderful event and I was honored to participate. The Tobie Grant Performing Arts Group Class did an outstanding job and everyone on the program was excellent. I would like to commend Gwendolyn Thomas, William “Bill” Harris and all the event organizers for once again doing an amazing job.
That afternoon it was insightful to visit our Police Training Facility and visit with our officers at the East Police Precinct. Our trainers do an outstanding job. But candidly, the facility is simply old and in my opinion, subpar. Irrespective of the physical conditions our trainers are very professional as they prepare the next generation of public safety leaders.
It was also great to sit in on roll call for the evening shift for the East Precinct. I also love the fact that the officers say a little prayer together before they hit the street, to serve and protect us. Being a police officer is not easy. And I commend and thank them for their service to DeKalb County. I also want to thank Chief Ramos for her leadership and for affording me the opportunity to visit with her troops.
On November 11 it was great to join my friends in Dunwoody for their Veterans Day Ceremony. The guest speakers, Alyssa & Kris Waldhauser met while they were both ROTC Cadets at The College of William & Mary. They did an outstanding job relaying their experiences. I would like to commend Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch and her entire team for executing an excellent program.
That afternoon, it was indeed a pleasure to participate in a surprise 76th birthday party for my good friend Dr. Lonnie Edwards. And he was indeed surprised. Dr. Edwards had an outstanding career in education where he served in significant leadership roles. He and his lovely wife Cynthia Dorsey Edwards are friends and constituents, and I was very honored to be invited. I wish Dr. Edwards many happy returns.
On November 12 it was my honor to serve as the keynote speaker for the First Annual Veterans Recognition Service at First St. Peter AME Church. I always appreciate the opportunity to share some reflections on my time in uniform. Thanks to Pastor Dr. Tracey Fletcher Allen for her kind words as she introduced me and for the invitation to participate in the inaugural Veterans service. I also want to thank my friend and colleague Commissioner Michelle Long Spears for attending in support. It really meant a lot to me.
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As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.