Legion, Auxiliary, SAL, Legion Riders and all our veteran friends and family I just wanted to share a little history with you and take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
In the fall of 1863, during the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared that the last Thursday of November would be a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” This was the first time in American history that Thanksgiving was named a national holiday by a sitting President. Amid the hardship of a bloody conflict, Lincoln issued this proclamation that still rings true today. We are an unceasingly optimistic nation – and even in our darkest hours, we can always find ways to give thanks.
While this Thanksgiving will look a little different than many others, there is still so much to be grateful for: from family and friends to all of those who have protected our democracy, fought for equality, and spoken truth to power. Despite these challenging times, I hope you’re able to find joy in this time of thanksgiving. I wanted to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Please reach out to your neighbors, community and those who are less fortunate to help them enjoy this holiday season as well.
We love and appreciate all you do to help us care for, encourage and support our American Legion family, friends and veteran community.
“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” – Mario Puzo
Commander Curtis Jones