Executive Director’s Report

by Vivian Henderson 

It’s November!   The time of the year when we ask ourselves  ~ “How could it be November already?”   We’ve got a few changes in our monthly dinner meeting schedule.  There will be no November dinner meeting.  And to avoid conflict with Christmas and New Year celebrations our December dinner meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 10th.  We meet at AA China Buffet,  3583 Wheaton Way,  E. Bremerton at 5:30pm.  Directly across Wheaton Way from McDonalds.  Please join us and bring family,  friends and neighbors.  You’ll enjoy our casual and friendly group.  No reservations required ~ all you can eat for $l0.80. 

Veterans’ Day is coming up Wednesday Nov. 11th.  Veterans’ Day,  originally known as “Armistice Day” symbolically ended World War I when Germany accepted the terms of peace negotiated in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris.    The United States played an important part in negotiating the treaty.   But the United States never ratified the Versailles Treaty.   Instead the United States made a separate treaty of peace with Germany in 1921.   The U.S. Congress made “Armistice Day” a federal holiday in 1938. In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans’ Day to honor all United States veterans.   Thirty two allied countries took part in negotiating the treaty.  Veterans throughout the world are honored on this special day which is known as “Remembrance Day” in Canada and in Belgium as the “Day of Peace in the Flanders Fields”.  

I visited Russia in the early 1990’s and I was most impressed with how the Russian people revere their veterans; especially World War II veterans.  They are honored every day.  They are distinguished by wearing their battle medals on their street clothes and are given favored status by citizens who recognize them as they go about their daily lives. 

Veterans’ Day is a day to honor and thank ALL VETERANS for their service to our country.   Were it not for the sacrifices, commitment and contributions they have made to serve America we would be overcome by tyranny.   I would personally like to thank all Veterans for preserving the freedoms I enjoy every day. 

I especially want to thank the Veterans in KAPO’s leadership.   Many of them are retired career military who have served our country in uniform for many years.   And they are still fighting for our freedoms.  New battles erupt every day.   They have already fought these battles before – threats from foreign governments and enemies outside of our borders.   The enemy they are fighting today is our own government.  Thank you for your service to America. 

“Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” 

 John Adams,  1735-1826, 2nd President of the United States

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