‘Thank you … for always being behind me’

Published 1:21 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dear Editor:

On Saturday I was honored by receiving the Citizen of the Year Award from the Lunenburg Chamber of Commerce.

Having been in youth sports and other civic organizations, I know there are people out there that are equally deserving of this recognition. Other than the title of “Deddy” (yes, that is spelled correctly), I will covet this honor and I am most humbled by this award.

We, as volunteers and public servants, often wonder if what we do is worthwhile. I often think of the scene in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” when the older Ryan asks his wife if he has been a good man. She looks at him bewildered.

I identify with his thought process. We often wonder if what we do helps someone along the way.

As men and women, greatness only exists in our own mind if we don’t have others who benefit from our struggle. It is the people behind the man or woman who give them strength, who gives them the ability to make things happen.

Without family, extended family, friends who will roll up their sleeves and get down in the trenches with you, your struggles are too great to bear or accomplish.

Thank you, Lunenburg, for always being behind me and continuing to support me and the things that I believe in.

Tony Matthews