The following statement was made by Mayor Patel during the October 17, 2023 Village Board Meeting
"Our community stands on strong foundations of unity, diversity, and inclusivity. We value the principles of peace, respect, and understanding among all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs. It is during challenging times like these that we must uphold these core values and support one another.
We understand that conflicts in the Middle East can evoke strong emotions and opinions, and it is natural for individuals to express their concerns. However, it is crucial for us to remember that our local community is a place where dialogue and peaceful coexistence are paramount.
Our focus lies in ensuring the safety and well-being of every member of our community, regardless of their faith or background. We stand united against any form of violence or discrimination.
We continue to mourn all of the lives lost in this conflict and pray for an end to the suffering for all who are affected."