History was made on this day and the Community With Character was so united in purpose and deed and so very proud to have Dedicated Mack Park.
MACK PARK DEDICATION
June 10, 1990
By Mayor, Wayne Glessner
Greetings and Welcome:Honored Guests, Color Guard, School Children and Teachers, Citizens, City Staff and Elected Officials. It is indeed an Honor to be given the opportunity and privileged to be able to participate in this Dedication Ceremony today.
And before I say anything more, there are a number of honored guests that need to be introduced: the Mack family and their guests.
The Wixom’s skies have not fully cooperated, but it is always a wonderful day when a community gathers together in mutual accord to honor a man, his wife, and their family for the contributions that they have made toward the development and benefit of the community.
Henry and Helen Mack have been consistent contributing members of this community for many years. Henry, as Mayor, and Helen, First Lady of Wixom have held the stewardship of the community in their very capable hands over many years, but specifically over the past four-years.
It was during these past years that our community was brought together in a spirit of mutual harmony. It too was during these years that Henry Mack used his foresight, leadership, and guidance to initiate several programs that have had tremendous impact on our community. The results of his initiatives are presently being realized, as we implement our Internal Roads Project, and as we present our Civic Center Development Plan before the citizens of the community.
The Leadership of Henry Mack has enabled this community to position and posture itself to face the decade of the nineties with an optimistic view; and we are significantly closer to resolving many of our more serious problems created by the tremendous growth that has encompassed our community.
There are other items, to numerous to mention, where Henry Mack has demonstrated sound judgment and superior leadership capabilities. It must be recognized that Henry Mack and Helen Mack have been steadfast in their interests in developing this community.
It must be further recognized that their steadfastness is consistent and an attribute not so common in today’s times.
Henry and Helen have stood side-by-side in fifty-two years of marriage; they have been through the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the education of their children while making a living. No one could do more.
We are gathered here today to honor that which is most important in life…recognizing a man’s and wife’s dedication to each other, to their family, and to their community which they have called home.
As we stand here on this June 10th day, we should look around at our surroundings and be cognizant of where we are now standing. We stand here in the center—at the very heart—of our community. It is here where the roots of this community grew out of the ground. It is here—at this very place—that our community leaders of long ago established the beginnings of what we now recognize as the heart of Wixom.
It is therefore fitting and appropriate that this beautiful park is dedicated to Henry and Helen Mack and their family; it is obvious that as this Park is located in the Heart of the Community…in its dedication to the Mack Family, it is obvious that they are in the Heart of all our citizens today.
(Unveiling the Marker)
It is with considerable pride and pleasure that we dedicate and name this Park, “Mack Park” as a tribute to Henry and Helen Mack and their Family.
Read the Marker
After the marker was read and noted, Mayor, Wayne Glessner continued his comments.
Over the years I have had the opportunity and privileges to have spoken with several of our previous Mayors and many of our elected officials about government, and about the Mayor’s role in the governing process.
In a short meeting that I had with Henry Mack prior to his leaving the office of Mayor, Henry made a statement to me that I believe represents his character ad his nature.
He said, ”Wayne, the Mayor should be recognized as being the Conscience of the Community.” Henry also talked about the need for setting realistic goals and high standards for ourselves and the people we intend to serve within our community.
Henry’s comments to me revealed his caring for the community and his sense of balance about the government process and the role of the Mayor in government.
Henry’s comments to me brought back into my mind another man’s remarks that I had heard long ago. I noted that there must be a common thread woven through some men, and not others.
The remarks that I remembered were made by a young, John Kennedy in his closing comments at his inauguration address. He said, ”Whether you are a Citizen of America or a Citizen of the World, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you.”
It is recognized that Wixom and the office of Mayor is a very long way from Washington and the office of President; but, there is a common thread woven through some men, and not others.
Kennedy also said, ”That with a good Conscience as our sure reward, with History the final judge of our deeds, that here on Earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
The deed that we have gathered here today to do, and how well Wixom’s History judge our deed, can be answered by us with a good Conscience, and it is our sure reward. We the Citizens of Wixom may now go forth with a good Conscience knowing that here, today, we will dedicate a legacy-stone called “Mack Park” in honor of the Mack Family.
Let Wixom’s History record what we will do here today, so that tomorrow’s children may understand the value of the deed, the value of the family and of the Dedication. For here in the heart of Wixom, in the place that we love, we have placed a marker reflecting our community’s Conscience and our acknowledgment of what the Mack Family represents to the community.
We recognize and honor Henry and Helen Mack and their family and we thank them for their generosity.
Mayor, Wayne L. Glessner
June 10, 1990
It should be noted that Henry Mack and the Family appreciated the honor and the dedication; however, Henry somewhat joking said that he did not really care for the Marker Stone as it looked too much like a tombstone!
Mack Park Today