November is a month with holidays and events that provide us with the opportunity to reflect upon things to remember, acknowledge, and hope for.
We begin the month with Election Day. It is a wonderful time to exercise our rights in selecting leaders, and approving amendments which represent our best interests. Voting helps shape the future, and honors those who are willing to run for office. Every eligible individual should cast a ballot. Be thankful that we live in a nation that allows, encourages, and provides the opportunity elections to occur; Election Day commemorates hope for a promising future.
We have Veterans Day, originally established to commemorate the World War I Armistice, which was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Perhaps you just know it as a holiday, or a moment in time to respect service-before-self. On Veterans Day, we have a chance to ponder, as we honor and give thanks to all the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces. Their commitment and sacrifice should be a reminder of what it takes to be able to live, work, and play in our amazing city. Veterans Day is a time of acknowledging an often-forgotten past, filled with conflict in defending our way of life.
Finally, we have Thanksgiving Day; a time of celebration and giving thanks for the produce and blessings of the past year. This special holiday is a remembrance of the first harvest festival, initiated and celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. For generations, it has been a day of giving thanks to God for his many blessings, and for expressing our gratitude to family and friends. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, contemplate the many wonderful blessings you enjoy. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the first steps taken to create a great nation!
We have much to be thankful for, and much to offer to others. (Give thanks for the little things in life, and you will be grateful for the important things in life).
Be safe and keep your family safe!
Robert Dandoy, Mayor