William Robert Davidson
He was a momma’s boy, fun loving, and good to everyone. He just wanted peace and happiness for all. He had the biggest heart of anyone I have ever known. Even while in high school he would give me a hug and didn’t care who was around. He was just a great kid who truly loved people and life.
April 30, 2018:
Happy 26th birthday William! You Will be loved and cherished forever, and your sacrifice Will never be forgotten. Our country mourns your loss and those we lose every day due to the lack of needed care and support.
In your name, we Will better help and support those physically and emotionally injured from serving our country and communities. It is our promise to honor you and those wounded from serving. This is our opportunity to give back to Americas heroes.
Our veterans, our active service men and women, and our national guardsmen and women are some of the most uniquely trained human beings on this planet. The skillset that they have is incredibly valuable to our communities.
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On November 11, 2017 we had our first Will power for veterans event. On Veteran's Day our tribute brought together our military, veterans, communities, and families to raise awareness, fundraise, and take the opportunity to honor and thank America's heroes.
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I am honored to speak to day on Veterans Day no only in tribute to all who have served out country, but also in remembrance of William Robert Davidson. Will's fight, which began in Afghanistan but continued at home, reminds us of what Jose Narosky somberly notes, "In war, there are no un-wounded soldiers." It is with Will in our hearts and minds that I speak to the Suffield community this Veterans Day.
You have heard the startling statistics that each day in our country 20 veterans commit suicide. As a nation, we clearly are not doing our part to help returning servicemen and women transition back to civilian life. A transition that is fraught with challenges including reconnecting with family, friends and their community , finding new employments, housing and securing needed services like health care, including mental healthcare.
I ask the Town of Suffield, "what can we do to change this unacceptable situation?" Mother Theresa tells us, "Never worry about numbers." Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you." And so our work starts in Suffield, in memory of Will, and under the guidance of HIS devoted mother, Donna.
Donna envisions, and I support forming a database comprised of Suffield families with soldiers away from home, Suffield veterans who have served out country and community members who have committed to helping support our veterans in ways big and small. When our local servicemen and women returns home, these volunteers would help facilitate housing, jobs, or just offer a good listening ear. This network could immediately provide sorely missing structure and resources with the goal of engaging these young men and women back into our community. By these minimal efforts, simply caring for one another, we will continue to make Suffield a welcoming place for all of its residents.
On Veterans Day we remember the words of the late President John F. Kennedy, "As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Please stay tuned for more on how you can participate in this most needed and urgent undertaking.
I end by thanking all of our country's veterans, you have sacrificed so much for our freedom. As a female First Selectman, I am truly grateful for what YOU and our Flag stand for. I know that many of the places in which you have served would never allow me, a female, an opportunity to lead a Town. For this and countless other reasons, I sincerely thank you all.