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Dear Compatriots,

November is significant for the SAR as this month we celebrate and honor our veterans. One of the most important functions of the SAR is to honor American service men and women. In fact, as a patriot society whose members trace their ancestry to a person who supported the cause of the Revolutionary war, we honor our very first veterans. As you may recall, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I. Begun in 1919, we acknowledged the end of the war on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 am. Businesses at that time were to stop operating for two minutes in a moment of silence. Decades later we faced the fact that World War 1 would not be the war to end all wars; President Eisenhower signed a proclamation changing Armistice Day to Veteranís Day. We now continue to honor veterans who fought and sacrificed not only in WW1 but WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the wars in the Middle East. Honoring and acknowledging those who fought to keep our country free will always be a significant part of the SARís charter.

I attended the Board of Governors meeting on Nov. 3-4 in Irvine. The meeting was well attended and many issues were discussed and voted on. Among the top issues were engagement on social media, budget approval, new company to manage the website, membership applications done on-line, a 13 hour course in black powder shooting at events for color guards and much more.

We are fortunate to have a WW2 veteran present to us at our next meeting, please join me in honoring this individual at our upcoming meeting. This meeting will also be the last one for 2017. I wish to thank our board members, volunteers and ladies of the SAR for their tremendous support and work of our chapter.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.

In Compatriotism,
Richard Bent

Updated 16 November 2017 [top]