Of note in today’s address, I93 widening, the completion of the Airport Access Road and the Londonderry High School Pantene Beautiful Lengths program.
Governor John Lynch
State of the State Address
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Senate President, Madam Chief Justice and members of the judiciary, honorable members of the Executive Council, House and Senate, and my fellow citizens of New Hampshire:
First, let me thank our great first lady, Dr. Susan Lynch. For eight years, Susan has juggled our family and her medical practice with service to organizations such as Walk New Hampshire and the Prouty. She has been a strong advocate for children and families. Thank you, Susan, for your love and support of our family and me, and for your commitment to New Hampshire.
I also want to recognize Councilor Raymond Wieczorek, who is retiring after five terms on the Executive Council and five terms as Mayor of Manchester. Ray, thank you for all of your service to Manchester and to our state.
This fall, American combat troops left Iraq after more than 10 years. Countless New Hampshire citizens have served in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, leaving their families behind as they risked their lives for all of us. In these past 10 years, 58 New Hampshire citizens made the ultimate sacrifice.
One of my most humbling and moving duties has been to represent the people of New Hampshire to the families of the fallen, to offer the heartfelt thanks of a grateful state. I have had the tremendous honor of learning about the lives, joys and loves of the people behind the uniforms. Meeting their parents, wives and children â€“ the people, who in the words of Abraham Lincoln, have laid “a costly sacrifice on the altar of freedom.”
Please stand and join me in a moment of silence for our fallen.
I am proud to serve as commander in chief of the New Hampshire National Guard. Whether they are responding here at home to a flood or ice storm or going across the world to protect us from the threat of terrorism, Guard members answer the call to serve. They and their families sacrifice so much for us, as they serve with dignity, honor and courage.
In September, Colonel Pete Corey of Littleton brought 700 members of the 197th Fires Brigade home safely from Kuwait. I’d like to ask Colonel Corey to stand so we can thank him, and all the men and women of New Hampshire who have served our nation in the armed forces.
We were led today in the pledge by David Clark, a resident of the Veterans Home and a Vietnam veteran. He is joined today by men and women from the Veterans Home who served our nation in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.
It is easy to take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans, the freedoms that we exercise every day in this building as we debate. We must never forget that the blood, sweat and tears of our veterans paid for every one of those freedoms. Let us thank them, and all of our veterans for their service to our country, and for protecting our liberty.
It is my great honor to report to the people of New Hampshire, for the fourth and final time, on the state of our great state.
You know what I am going to say, but I am going to say it again because it is still true: We live in the greatest state in the greatest country in the world.
As Governor, I think about that every day. There is something so very special about New Hampshire. Our extraordinary and caring people. Our sense of community. Our independent spirit and Yankee frugality. The creativity and ingenuity of our people. Our strong connection to the land.
I have the opportunity to see all parts of New Hampshire: businesses and nonprofits; schools and employment offices; veterans’ homes and police stations. I meet people from every walk of life â€“ from the fourth graders whose State House tours brighten my days to the CEOs considering moving their companies to our great state.
And I can tell you that the state of New Hampshire is strong, resilient and caring.
We gather today in the State House, a powerful symbol of our commitment to citizen involvement, democracy and transparency. Its Golden Dome reaching toward the sky beckons us to aspire to great things and a greater future for our state.
In our best moments, this is a place where we find common purpose in service to our fellow citizens. Here, we can make a difference for the people of New Hampshire. But this building is only a small part of New Hampshire.
The heart and soul of New Hampshire, the true strength of our state, lie outside these doors, with our people. We see it every day, as people across New Hampshire come together in common purpose, in ways large and small, to serve our state and to serve each other.
Take the New Hampshire Food Bank, where thousands of volunteers work to make sure families don’t go to bed hungry. Under Melanie Gosselin’s direction, the New Hampshire Food Bank distributes 7 million pounds of food every year. Let us thank Melanie and all of the food bank’s donors for their work. They show the giving soul of New Hampshire.
Governor Lynch addressing the Pantene Beautiful Lengths January 2012 Day of Giving
At Londonderry High School, 232 people, mostly high school girls “in a selfless act of giving” lined up to cut off their hair in support of those living with cancer. Students who organized the drive, along with their teacher, Steve Juster, are with us today. Let us thank them for their generosity. They show the true heart of New Hampshire.
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