Though it’s hard to believe the formal millenium celebration of 2000 is now seven years behind us, the theme of the former White House Millenium Communities Program, “Honor the Past – Imagine the Future”, will forever ring within our hearts here in Naperville.
My youngest son and I recently participated in the full Millenium Carillon tour experience and while I plan to write a full account of our visit very soon (tune back in soon to learn whether or not a three year-old can climb that many steps) this theme, which is incorporated into the visitor center exhibit, suddenly came to life.
In my mind, few words could better describe the true spirit of Naperville. Our community’s relenteless preservation of it’s history is rivaled only by a strong devotion toward imagining an even greater future. Preservation, imagination and visionary progress can only be achieved through the minds and hearts of passionate residents, leaders and volunteers alike.
The differentiating factor in Naperville is the cooperative and visionary spirit of it’s people. Any hand can paint a picture but only the heart can make it a masterpiece.
As we imagine our future, it’s important that we continue to work together in shared interest to ensure the preservation of our masterpiece for present and future generations.