Village of Winnetka
The Athenian Oath, over 2,000 years old, is still a cornerstone that guides Winnetka’s public leaders, under a timeless code of civic responsibility. The Oath is prominently displayed on the north wall of the Village Hall Council Chambers as a reminder of the duties involved in governance. The quote below is the “Oath of Youths Coming of Age at Athens,” as quoted in Joannes Stobeaus’ Anthology:
“WE WILL NEVER BRING DISGRACE TO THIS OUR CITY, BY ANY ACT OF DISHONESTY OR COWARDICE, NOR EVER DESERT OUR SUFFERING COMRADES IN THE RANKS; WE WILL FIGHT FOR THE IDEALS AND SACRED THINGS OF THE CITY, BOTH ALONE AND WITH MANY; WE WILL REVERE AND OBEY THE CITY’S LAWS AND DO OUR BEST TO INCITE A LIKE RESPECT IN THOSE ABOVE US WHO ARE PRONE TO ANNUL OR SET THEM AT NAUGHT; WE WILL STRIVE UNCEASINGLY TO QUICKEN THE PUBLIC’S SENSE OF CIVIC DUTY; THUS IN ALL THESE WAYS WE WILL TRANSMIT THIS CITY NOT ONLY NOT LESS, BUT GREATER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN IT WAS TRANSMITTED TO US.”
510 Green Bay Rd. Winnetka, IL 60093
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