Miracle Village Honors Its Veterans
When Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star Spangled Banner" almost 200 years ago, he called America, "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Those words are as true today as they were then.
Throughout this Nation's history, America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors.
We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the more than 650,000 American servicemembers who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 25 million veterans still living today.
These words are inscribed on the Korean War Monument in Washington, D. C.:
"Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and people they never met."
Those words apply equally to many of our World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and Gul f War veterans as well. They apply to today's active duty servicemembers--tomorrow's veterans--who are helping to maintain peace throughout the world.
Today, it is our privilege to say "thank you" to all of America's veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices.
The price of freedom is high. We cannot afford to forget those willing to pay it.
Today, we celebrate America's veterans for keeping this Nation "the land of the free and the home of the brave."
(The President's Veterans Day Proclamation )
Please join the Miracle Village Management, Staff, Residents and Friends on Friday, November 9th at 1:00 pm as they celebrate and honor our Veterans and Military Servicemembers. Under the direction of Mr. William Hadley, the Miracle Village tenants have assembled to present a program that will honor the four veteran residents and one staff member who found their home at the Village. This program will be held at the Miracle Village Complex and consists of a song, prayer, poem, official presentation of Honor Certificates followed by a celebratory cook out.
To Mr. Josephus Grant, Mr. Laurie Madison, Mr. Reginald Palmer, Mr. Louis McDonald and Mr. Charles Nelson, The Village salutes you and says "Thank You" for your service.