If turkeys knew certain things, they would not look forward to the month of November. I, on the other hand, know things that make me value this month highly.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we honor all of those brave Americans who served this wonderful country. The day was first known as Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I in 1918. After the Korean war ended in 1953, it was renamed Veteran’s Day. It is with deep respect, and a snappy salute, that I honor all of the veterans.
On Nov. 10, the U.S. Marines Corps is 236 years old. Hey, wait a minute, isn’t the USA only 235 years old? Yes, the USMC was formed the year before we officially became a nation.
They had already fought for this country. Arab pirates had kidnapped some Americans on the high seas (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?). That explains some of the words in the Marine’s Hymn: “to the shores of Tripoli” and “first to fight for right and freedom.” Happy Birthday, Marines, Semper Fidelis!
Thanksgiving Day: What may sometimes get lost in the holiday festivities is that it is God whom we are thanking. The first prayer of thanks was given by a president who gave his life for this country. Those leaders who followed him all acknowledged that we are still a Christian nation. God bless the USA.
“I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.” -- Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation Oct. 3, 1863.