Peter Auger, Auburn Hills City Manager
Thoughts on running a city, daily musings, and everything in between.
City Manager, Auburn Hills, MI
We focus on a lot of positive things in Auburn Hills, because a lot of great things are happening due to the hard working and dedicated people all working in the same direction to add value. But we do also live in the real world. When we think we are immune from bad things, life has a way of smacking us in the face.
Most people can look back a few short years ago and remember how they felt on September 11th, 2001 when our country was attacked by people who hate us for being us. Before that was November 4th, 1979 when people who hated us stormed our Embassy in Iran and took 66 people hostage. Fourteen were released, leaving 52 that were held for 444 days. I remember this one (you may have seen the movie Argo that covers a portion of this event) for this is the time that I decided to join our Armed Forces.
But even a little further back, on December 7th, 1941 America was attacked and good people also lost their life. I wonder if they even talk about “Pearl Harbor Day” in school, or have we already moved on?
I believe it was American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952) who said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Maybe this is why I liked history class in school. I always tried to put myself in spots in history to absorb what was going on and take lessons from these events to either build on or see that they don’t repeat themselves. Sometimes I wish people didn’t forget the evil that is out there, we don’t need to be paranoid but we should always be ever diligent in protecting our Republic, our culture, and our way of life.
For those who lost a relative on this day or the ensuing war, I will not forget the sacrifice that you in some way are still paying for.
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