The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
ARMY OF HOPE:
I realize that
I cross the line between the Army of Hope Committee and the National
Service Veterans Committee at times, but the reason is that our
Wounded Warriors are, on the most part, no longer active duty.
These men and women of the military are a special breed of people whose concern and commitment to defend and protect our Nation is second to none.
On November 11th, we are celebrating Veterans Day to honor all those that have served and sacrificed for our Country. Please take a moment out of your day to stop and reflect what you have today, no matter how large or small, and realize that what you have is because of a veteran. If you are out shopping or at a restaurant and you see someone wearing WWII, Korean or Viet Nam era hats or insignias…stop and say THANK YOU. Unfortunately, many of them may not be there next year if you wait.
If anyone would like to send a get-well or thank you card to our wounded warriors at Walter Reed, please do not follow the directions that you see on the Internet suggesting that you send them to Walter Reed at their address in Washington DC.. First, that facility is no longer housing our wounded and secondly the information is totally false and those cards and letters will never arrive.
Please send your mail to:
Holiday Mail for Heroes
Finally, we will be sending get-well, thank you, Christmas and holiday cards to our troops serving overseas and recuperating at Landsthul Regional Medical Center in Germany. If you would like to participate, please contact me at your earliest convenience. If you belong to other civic organizations and would like to send your own packets, I would be happy to share APO addresses with you. I thank you for your continued support of our troops, wounded warriors and our lodge projects.
God Bless Our Troops, Veterans and Their Families
Bruce R. Totten - PDD
Thought to ponder…. Why are there more federal individuals there to protect and secure the open air WWII Memorial from our veterans than were at Benghazi to protect our Ambassador and secure the Embassy?
I have received the Americanism essay packet from Grand Lodge and the topic of this year's essay is quite appropriate, especially to me. This year we are asking the 5th-8th grade students to write, "What Does Veterans Day Mean To Me?"
I will be visiting the local middle schools to handout their copies of this packet and will again stress the importance of this project both in seeing what our leaders of tomorrow think and feel on another patriotic topic and their knowing our commitment that these essays will be sent to our troops and wounded warriors serving and recuperating overseas, as well as, those at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center located in Bethesda, Maryland. As always, I am hoping that the schools and teachers stress the importance of our veterans, their contributions and sacrifices, and encourage their students to participate.
Bruce R. Totten - PDD
For More Information, consult our Grand Lodge site: http://www.elks.org/vets/
Also to Find out more about the Elks National Veterans Memorial, click here!