President’s message December 2019

Marybeth DyerLast November was our time to always remember and be grateful. We started with Veteran’s Day (2nd Monday in November) in the US honoring all of our Veterans present and past, and we also thank them for their service; especially of the approximate 7,000 2nd Air Division troops who did not come home. We are so grateful beyond words for their sacrifice.

Remembrance Day, observed in the UK on the second Sunday of November, commemorates British service members who have died in all wars and other military conflicts since the onset of World War I. By tradition, a two-minute period of silence is observed throughout the country at 11 AM. Church services and other ceremonial gatherings take place during the day. Groups lay poppy wreaths to remember. You might ask where the poppy representation comes from? The red poppy became associated with World War I memorials after scores of the flowers bloomed in the former battlefields of Belgium and northern France.

This year, eight Americans traveled to the UK to attend Remembrance Day and attend the 2nd Air Division Memorial Trust Annual Governors Meeting in Norwich. Beverly Tomb has a wonderful article on our visit.

Going back to the UK at this time always makes me wonder what it was like for our B24 airmen when they were there. How they must have missed their families? How cold was it for them and how uncertain the times were? But I know for sure, they had each other, they were honorable, brave and loved their country so much. I am so grateful for each and every one of them. Most of them came home, some did not. We will never forget their stories and what they contributed for our freedom. In one of the services we attended, this verse spoke to all of us:

“When you go home, tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today.”

Remember and be grateful.

This is the time we all renew our annual League membership. Look for renewal information in the mail and in this Herald, and you can renew online here. We would appreciate it, if you would join our mission and share the brochure with your family and friends. We are so thankful for your support. There are other ways you can provide support with our volunteer opportunities. Please consider volunteering by filling out our volunteer form. You can also follow us on Facebook.

Our lives are filled with busy moments and events. Take some time to remember a Veteran and thank them for their service. It will mean the world to them.

Thank you,
Marybeth
President and Membership VP