In Perpetuity

All who are Zonians carry a solemn responsibility. As our parents before, and we ourselves, have lived, benefited and accepted the administrations of the government of the Panama Canal Zone, we became "de facto" citizens of that government – we have become "Zonians". That government is no longer viable, and the Canal Zone no longer exits. Yet our earned birthright as Zonians, we carry forever. We carry the responsibility to perpetuate this birthright so all men will know of the achievements of the "Ditchdiggers" and the successes of the government and its society. We Zonians, and other like us, carry the responsibility to be the Guardians of this piece of history.

Ernest E. Pierce

A Zonian