Hello, Kennesaw! November is an awesome month in which we set aside a day to honor our veterans and a day to give thanks for peace and opportunity and reflect on the importance of family.
Veterans Day. The foundation of our personal success, as well as the success of this country, is forged in freedom. Famed news anchor Walter Cronkite said, “There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free.”
There have been many conflicts and wars in which brave American men and women have served, and, today, thousands of troops continue to stand watch across the globe, protecting our inalienable rights, liberty and opportunities. The men and women who served their country before us didn’t fight for recognition; they fought because it was the right thing to do.
Young men and women from all walks of life, from cities and towns near and far in this great country, have strongly defended the right for you to do what you want to do; to say what you feel like saying; to choose whether to stand, kneel or fall on your knees in prayer. They defend those rights through their courage, commitment, dedication and sacrifice.
Freedom, equality, justice and humanity — our country has defended these principles not only for our nation but also for other countries that have seen the value of democracy and freedom of choice.
We have done well to come this far, but our future and our country’s future lie ahead. How will you respond to the call? What will you do to deserve such sacrifice?
When it comes to you and the United States of America:
- Do not tear her down or mock her. Her flame burns brightly to lead others home.
- Do not let her flag fall. Allow courage, hope and honor to wave overhead.
- Pray for our nation, for the men and women who know too well the cost of serving and for victory in the many battles against evil and wrongdoers. Acknowledge their selfless devotion.
- Honor the victory of independence and ideals that all people are free.
- Strive to make a lasting impression on those around you and make a positive difference in their lives. Be a leader, but always remember the team.
- Serve those who serve you, and remember where you came from.
It’s time for you to start doing what you were meant to do and to respond by living your best life. We must continue to be the change we desire in our hearts and actions. We must stand together!
God bless our veterans and God bless America!
Join us Nov. 11, noon-2 p.m., at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, for our annual Veterans Day luncheon. Veterans, active-duty service members and their family members will be treated to a ceremony that will include the presentation of colors, the national anthem and a guest speaker, as well as a free sit-down lunch.
Curbside to-go meals also will be available by registering at https://bit.ly/2KHfqGC.
Finally, happy Thanksgiving! As you gather around the table, I pray you find much to be thankful for in celebrating your family, friends and the opportunity to live, work and play in this awesome community.