City of Longwood (FL) Commission Meeting
10 September 2015
Loren Kahle (239 words - 2:20)
Hello, thank you to the Commission for having me today. My name is Loren Kahle. I am a US Army veteran. I’ve been a Central Florida resident since 1980 and have lived in Sweetwater Oaks the past 12 years.
Tonight is the eve of one of the most important dates in American History. 9/11 will forever remind us how important it is to set aside differences and unify under a common purpose. We were unified then with a common vision and by our unique American spirit. That spirit continues to bring all people together and continues to make our country great.
Being unified is an essential element of a strong nation, a strong local community, and it is a requirement for effective government. We must always adhere to these principles which unify and include one another, especially in government; because in reality we are all so very different. We are all complex and have our own beliefs.
By adhering to principles of inclusion, we ensure respect for everyone, even those from our community who are not present this evening, regardless of differences and especially regardless of beliefs.
Because of that diversity, it is not possible for one person to speak in a manner appropriate for all. I would like to remember those who we lost on 9/11, fourteen years ago, in my own way and I encourage you to do so in yours during this moment of silence.