Dear American Legion Family members and friends,
This is a special week of the year when we gather with family members and friends to celebrate. Many will celebrate Christmas. Others will celebrate Hanukkah. Still others will celebrate Kwanzaa. And in another week, we will ring in a new year filled with joy, optimism and perhaps even inspiration to make good on our resolutions.
The special gatherings, delicious food and warm company will fill our hearts. Just as important as it is to remember these special moments, let us not forget the individuals who go above and beyond.
Let us remember our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation.
Let us remember veterans who came before us to establish and preserve our democracy.
Let us remember our men and women who are serving today and protecting our freedoms.
Let us remember our law-enforcement officers, health-care workers and other first responders — many of whom will be working during the holidays.
Let us remember the military families and the sacrifices they make so their loved ones can fulfill their obligation to serving our nation.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless service that improves the lives of veterans, children, their families and the communities in which they live.
I wish you and your loved ones good health, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and a Happy New Year.
Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola