Remembering Our Veterans

 In Pastor's Notes-Fr. Ritche

November is a month of remembering and giving thanks.  We started on the 1st of November by celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints keeping in mind the men and women who have been faithful to the Gospel teachings and who serve as an example of faith.  The day after was given to us to commemorate all the faithful departed.  We prayed for all of our deceased loved ones thanking God for the gift of their lives.

On Wednesday, November 11th, our nation will remember and thank all of our Veterans.  We honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.  This day is dedicated to celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans.  It is a day not only to pay our respects to these brave men and women, but also to reflect on their heroism, their dedication, their commitment and their love for our nation.

Given the pandemic, this year is certainly a different way of honoring our veterans.  Parades and gatherings are probably not feasible.  However, I am sure we can still do something that would highlight the meaning of this day.   I’d like to make a few suggestions as to how we can honor our veterans this year:

– Take time to acknowledge veterans in your workplace or neighborhood.

– Send a card to a veteran or someone you know serving in the Armed Forces.

– Express thanks.

– Celebrate with service by offering a home-cooked meal.

– Talk to your children or grandchildren about the veterans and their work.

– Wear a Red Poppy.

These are just a few things we can do to be creative in commemorating veterans day this year.  I’d also like to invite you to join me for the 8:30am Mass on Wednesday either in person (go or virtually as we give thanks and pray for our veterans.

We all know that this has been a very challenging year for those in service.  I believe that we can make a difference this Veterans’ day by showing our deep appreciation for all the work they do for all of us.  A simple word or act of gratitude to them would go a long way.

On behalf of Fr. Edgar and the parish staff, I’d like to say thank you to all of our Veterans and to the men and women who are serving in United States Armed Forces.   We assure you of our prayers.  Happy Veterans’ Day!

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