Saturday is a Birthday Party
This weekend is a busy one for me. Saturday is 10 November. It is one of the most important dates on my calendar every year. Marines will be toasting the 232 birthday of the U S Marine Corps. Yes, Marines of all ages, wherever they are in the world, do celebrate The Birthday.
My wife and I will be spending our evening with school age youth. The local Young Marines have invited us to their Birthday Ball. They learn social skills, along with a heavy dose of physical training and discipline. All these skills will help them as they continue to develop into young adults.
The Veterans Day is Sunday
Veterans Day is rooted in a very specific date and time in history. It originally honored the end of the First World War. The signing of the armistice papers took place at the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 1918. It has grown to honor all our veterans who have served and are serving the cause of our freedom. It is through their service that we are able to continue our quest for independence.
Where I live the Veterans Day parade steps off at 10:00 am and ends with a ceremony on the town square at 11 am.
Please join me in taking action to support veterans and their families. If it were not for their sacrifice, our ongoing quest for freedom would have ended long ago.
The bumper sticker phrase, “Freedom is Not Free,” carries a lot of truth. It is true that the service, and blood, of our veterans is needed to maintain our freedom, now and into the future.
Our freedom also requires the best efforts of science, engineering and business. As a team, they must develop and bring to market new technologies to cope with a changing world.
Some folks think that we are at the 11th hour of our way of life. Climate change and depletion of oil are viewed as threats to our way of life. Our partial dependence on imported oil is a threat to our national security.
Achieving full energy independence is important to keeping our economy free. Being independent from the influence of oil rich countries is part of national security.
Freedom and independence are two of our most cherished words. They are the root of our birth as a nation. They are the cause of our ongoing success and strength.
That freedom motivates our people to develop new solutions to the problems that we face.
I have full confidence that our future is well defended and that our skills and ingenuity, as a nation, will prevail to keep us free.
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