Gilmore exits EEP stage with Long Leaf Pine award
July 1, 2011 10:09 AM
EEP Director Bill Gilmore retired June 30, but not without one final honor in hand.
At the retirement ceremony, Department of Environment & Natural Resources Secretary Dee Freeman presented Bill with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors that a sitting governor can bestow on a North Carolinian. The award from Gov. Perdue recognizes public service and reads in part:
“Reposing special confidence in the integrity, learning and zeal of William D. Gilmore, I do by these presents confer The Order of the Long Leaf Pine with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this exalted order, among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world:
Here’s to the land
of the Long Leaf Pine
The summer land
Where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong
And the strong grow great,
Here’s to “down home,”
the Old North State!
Congratulations, Bill, you deserved it and the folks at EEP miss you already.