All of us have been going through so much over the past 3 months. We are faced with difficult and challenging times on every level which most of us have never experienced. These times are filled with heartache, loss, and doubt, but this is also an incredible opportunity for us to have hope and to be the change the world needs us to be. We can do better! Let us never forget that together we are stronger and that anything is possible. With kindness, respect, compassion and love, we will overcome!
In my letter to you on May 31, I stated what I believe in my heart and hold true. I cherish life and value each and every person. I denounce discrimination toward any person, in any circumstance. I respect the rights of all people to express their views. I do not agree with hurting others, destroying property, or stealing. We should never take advantage of others, their property, their business or livelihood. Especially now after everything we have all been through.
I want to extend my condolences to all who have suffered loss, and all who have been suffering from and mourning the tragic death of George Floyd. As I watched his Memorial Service, which beautifully honored his life, I was stirred, touched, and moved to tears. In the last weeks, you may have felt like I do. As neighbors, as a Nation, all of us are called to be better, to do better, and to be the change that is needed. We know it starts with us...now.
I share my deepest appreciation for the women and men of the Woodridge Police Department. I thank our Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Sergeants, and our Officers for their courage, heart and leadership. I thank them for their help and quiet acts of kindness throughout our community; acts of kindness most of us never hear about. I thank them for their dedication, integrity, and pride in serving all of us and all of our businesses. They protect our lives, our property, and our civil rights, each and every day and especially during these critically difficult and changing times.
Lastly, I want to THANK all of you, my neighbors and friends. We are fortunate to live in a wonderful community. Woodridge is our home. It is where we live, where we raise our families, where we work and own businesses. We live in a beautifully diverse community. I am proud to be from Woodridge and to live in Woodridge. I embrace and respect all of our differences and backgrounds. We have different thoughts, views and feelings and we all have the right to express ourselves. We are all connected as neighbors and we are in this together, so let us embrace everyone for who they are.
The time is now. Let us change the world for the better, together. I thank you for your understanding, respect, patience, kindness, goodness and for your faith and trust!
We are in this together, and we are stronger together!
My kindest regards,
Mayor Gina Cunningham