Remarks by Secretary Tom Ridge at DHS Employees Event in Selfridge, Michigan [June 19, 2003] [open pdf - 24KB]
This transcript includes the June 19, 2003 remarks of Secretary Tom Ridge at a DHS Employees Event in Selfridge, Michigan. "As Secretary of the Department, I am privileged to witness the hard work you do and the value you bring to this Department. But I also get to see the impression you make on the American people. You have shown them that one person - and one Department - can make a real difference. And that is making it a lot easier for me to convince Americans to take that one extra step - to join Citizen Corps or a CERTS team, or invest a little more on security for their small business, or report suspicious activity to the proper authorities -- or simply to log onto Ready.gov and teach their family the best way to survive an attack. And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about. The other day I visited Boston to issue port security grants and talk about our many port security initiatives. While there I toured Boston Harbor in a new police interceptor boat we helped fund. I was moved to learn that when the factory workers making the engine heard the boat was for homeland security, they pulled it off the line and made special improvements to it. Everyone, it seemed, wanted to do their part to secure the homeland. They went that extra mile - because they see all of you going the extra mile, every single day."
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