Thank you very much Mayor Jan Spurgeon for your remarks on this special day to honor those who have served our country. I would also, like to extend appreciation to the Boy Scouts, the CHS band, which has just recently earned a Division I marching band award, fellow citizens and most of all my fellow veterans. However before I begin my comments I want us to all think of our friends in the Republic of the Philippines who are recovering from perhaps the strongest typhoon on record. Thousands have lost their lives and our country stands by to help a country so connected to our own history.
Veterans Day originally was meant to honor those who served in WWI but the purpose was broadened to include all Americans who served in the armed forces during peacetime and war by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955. The meaning and the purpose of this day involves dedication, duty, and service to our nation. Moreover, this day brings forth the importance of all Americans to be good citizens and be 100 percent committed to the well-being of this nation.
The dedication, duty and service have been paid for by the total sacrifice by our veterans. Our ancestors, under the command of General Washington, fought in the Revolutionary War and suffered many hardships to make a new nation. One hundred and fifty years ago this month President Abraham Lincoln dedicated the National Cemetery at Gettysburg to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep this nation together. The Spanish –American War and two World Wars would follow with many more sacrifices. America had found itself involved in World Affairs.
Soon after the conclusion of the Second World War, the threat of International Communism aimed to starve out the people of occupied Western Berlin which had been divided up by the WWII allies after Germany fell. The Berlin Airlift of 1947-1948 saved many lives and our country was a big part of that effort. Further threats resulted in a new alliance in Europe called NATO, which was formed in 1949, to deter the Dictator Joseph Stalin who ruled the Soviet Union and its subjected allies.