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As I begin this. I am reminded of a poem by Laurence Binyon that was on a page for November 11 in a Mary Englebreit calendar:


  They shall not grow old

  Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn

  At the going down of the sun and in the morning we  

  will remember them.


Our nation comes together once a year on Veterans Day, November 11, to honor our veterans – those who have served and are serving their country in time of war and time of peace.  Originally November 11th was called Armistice Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending World War I that was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1955 the name was changed to Veterans Day.


In 1968 Congress designated that Veterans Day be held on the last Monday in October, to be part of a three day weekend.  This was changed in 1978 so that Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11 no matter what day of the week it is.


On Veterans Day we honor the women and men who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. They were drafted or volunteered to serve our country. Many of those who served and are serving have left loved ones behind as they have departed to foreign nations to protect our country against others.


Gold Star Wives will be participating in events in their communities and also traveling to join others in larger celebrations. We will take part in or attend ceremonies at schools, churches and meetings, and ride or walk in parades. We will be not only be honoring our spouses, who died because of their service, but all those, past and present, who have taken the oath of service.


Veterans Day comes only once a year. Let us, not only on Veterans Day but on all days, remember to say “Thank You for Your Service” to those who have honored our county by serving it so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have.



"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed- else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”  

  ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower







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70th Gold Star Wives National Convention

July 21-26, 2015 

Holiday Inn/National Airport/Crystal City

2650 Jefferson David Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22202


Board Meetings and Vote Counts July 21-22

General Assembly begins July 23, 2015

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2015 South East Regional Conference

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