Finally, to the north of this bridge is a sculpture that ties the character of this community's past to the character it will need moving forward. In the "Passing the Legacy" sculpture we see a rider from the Old West handing a saddlebag to a modern-day Hashknife rider. What a great piece of art! It conveys the tenacity that Pony Express riders needed to traverse a rugged land. The people who founded and built this community had that same sense of purpose.
We face a very different set of challenges in the New West. But we need the same grit, the same dogged determination.
As your Mayor, I am absolutely certain that we have it. There is a can-do spirit in Scottsdale that is just as much a part of our community as our clear desert skies and the silhouette of the McDowell Mountains.
Iím pleased tonight to have with us two very special groups of people who represent that Scottsdale spirit in very different ways.
First, I would like to recognize Scottsdale's Downtown Ambassadors, a group of residents who volunteer thousands of hours to welcome and give assistance to visitors to our Downtown. They provide that extra special touch of Scottsdale hospitality that is invaluable. Would the Ambassadors please stand so we can show our appreciation?
The second group consists of three very special gentlemen with us tonight.
Mr. Howard Lien, a Scottsdale resident, heads up the Arizona division of Sentinels for Freedom, a private, non-profit foundation that provides scholarships and support to members of our armed services who have been seriously injured in the line of duty. It's an amazing organization and Howard has done an incredible job with the local chapter. The gentlemen with him are both recipients of Sentinels of Freedom support.
Both Staff Sergeant Donovan Spieth from the 10th Special Forces group, and Navy Seal Ryan Job, were deployed to Iraq. The Sentinels organization provides rent-free housing, medical assistance, educational opportunities, financial and personal mentoring and career-placement assistance and training all through contributions.
I want to thank Howard for bringing these extraordinary young men to our community. Ladies and gentlemen, we have two genuine American heroes with us tonight. They have earned our eternal gratitude and respect. Please join me in showing our heart-felt appreciation for their service to our country.