Mayor's Corner 06/21/2018

Dear Friends:

Earlier this month we marked the anniversary of D-Day.  I remember talking with Bryant Washburn, who participated in dislodging the strangle-hold Hitler had on Europe in 1944.  We had thousands of young men give their full measure of devotion to freedom and flag in Europe and around the globe.  Bryant always told me, “There was never a doubt in our minds that we were going to win.  WE WERE COMMITTED!”

On September 21st at Richfield High School, we will honor those who stood up for freedom and have not been brought home. I’ll provide more details as that date draws near.  Thousands are still listed as MIA’s or POW’s.  With them, we will also be honoring women (mostly nurses) who served and were even in the Bataan Death March in the Philippines.

I have always been careful writing about people who have just passed away.  I could write almost exclusively about such, and never run out of superlatives to describe these individuals.

Two weeks ago, a friend and WW2 Navy Veteran, Wilmer Anderton passed from this life into the arms of his loving wife Kathy and to a great reward from Our Heavenly Parents.  Wilmer fixed all that I had broken and listened patiently as I described projects that I wanted him to build. I held one end of the board while he brought to life my ideas and improved on them every time.

Wilmer made thousands of wooden toys for our Humanitarian Center.  They have been distributed to boys and girls all around the world.  He had tools and knew how to use them. His garden and yard were the best and only a dream for me.

Wilmer guided me and my sons on desert adventures.  My boys still talk about those adventures; particularly the story-telling part of it.  I will miss him as one misses a parent. He was so patient and kind to me that I tear up thinking of him.

Mayor David Ogden

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