Ray Burton honored in Bretton Woods as he battles cancer
From the heartfelt to the lighthearted, they included the joke that after decades of trying, Burton had finally succeeded in transferring New Hampshire's government seat from Concord to his beloved North Country.
He arrived at the door of the historic Mount Washington Hotel in the center of the White Mountains, where the sun broke through in time for a brief Governor and Executive Council meeting. A large contingent of well-wishers that included many public servants, both of the Granite State's U.S. senators and half the governors he served over the years, was waiting for him in the Gold Room.
To a round of laughter in the packed meeting room, Burton said, "I always had to keep an eye on District 4. It seems like we haven't done enough for Manchester."
A ceremony across the highway from the hotel followed the council meeting and marked the opening of a new scenic overlook.
"On behalf of the people of New Hampshire, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making your life's work the people's work. Thank you for touching our lives and strengthening our state. We will be forever grateful," Hassan said.
Summing up his 35 years in office, Burton said it "adds up to only one thing, public service," prompting a loud round of applause that closed the meeting.
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