Our region—planned and nurtured as a model of innovation, sustainability and quality of life—is at a turning point.

  • An affordable housing shortage is forcing young people, working people and families out of our neighborhoods.
  • Our world-class transportation system has stagnated in its ability to move a growing population and increased freight.
  • We are struggling to maintain transit, streets, and other infrastructure.
  • Our planning has not kept pace with growth of our economy, new opportunities for small business, and the critical need to protect greenbelts and open space. 
Our next Metro Council President must address these challenges—uniting our region around our common values to seek solutions that serve current residents and future generations.

As our next Metro Council President, Lynn will work to:

  • Secure a successful businesses environment for small and homegrown businesses to thrive;
  • Speak out and defend our basic rights to safe, respectful communities—the progressive values of 
our region;
  • Safeguard our clean air, water and food supply with smart land use;
  • Fight for you and your family’s quality of life, including affordable housing and transportation investments;
  • Protect your right to participate and be heard in decision-making affecting you and your community;
  • Protect your taxpayer dollars by providing effective oversight and accountability.

I was moved by the many posts acknowledging friends and family yesterday that have served. And the world taking time to show up and remember when we came together as a world to defend freedom.

I thank all that have served. And appreciate you stepping up to defend all of our rights.

Originally known as Armistice Day. Then changed in 1954 to Veterans Day to acknowledge. Below is the Woodrow Wilson’s original address designating Armistice Day.

ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.

A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and juster set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.

With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated our financial resources, increased our agricultural output, and assembled a great army, so that at the last our power was a decisive factor in the victory. We were able to bring the vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.

Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.

To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.

WOODROW WILSON
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