Honoring Those Who Serve
This Saturday, Nov. 11, Americans living at home and abroad will celebrate Veterans Day — a day our nation sets aside each year to recognize and thank all those, living and dead, who have answered the patriotic call to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that the armistice ending the hostilities of World War I took effect. As 2017 marks 99 years of honoring all those who’ve served in uniform, the Department of Veterans Affairs is “broadening that tradition of observance and appreciation to include both Veterans and Military Families for the entire month of November.”
The following are a few lines from president’s Nov. 1 proclamation: “This month, in which Americans traditionally pause to give thanks for our blessings, it is fitting that we come together to honor with gratitude our extraordinary veterans and military families and their service to our country. May God continue to bless our Armed Forces and those families that love and support them.”
According to the Missouri Veterans Commission, an estimated 488,000 veterans currently live in the Show-Me State. Thousands of those veterans are living right here in the 12th Senate District, some of them at the Cameron Veterans Home. This Veterans Day, and every day, I encourage you to show your support for Missouri’s veterans and military families by donating to a veterans organization, volunteering at a veterans home or hospital, or simply taking the time to stop and thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is (573) 751-1415, my email is email@example.com and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.