But I would like to address a different aspect of Al Riley. I want to talk about him as a person, as my daddy. My father is the best sort of man. Anyone who has met him and known him, understands you cannot help but be changed by him. His many virtues have made me what I am today.
His work ethic taught me the value of a hard day's work and the satisfaction in earning, not just taking what I am given. His sense of humor encouraged me to truly love life and above all else, enjoy it. He taught me to be independent and stable so that others could rely on me, but also to be strong enough to rely on them when needed. His kindness towards others helped me to see that force is actually the weakest way to earn their respect and support. But most importantly, his high expectations of himself taught me to demand the best of myself as well.
He is my friend, my hero, my confidant, role model, my shoulder to lean on, but most importantly, my daddy. I know he can be and do for this county what he has been and done for me.