This Veteran's Day has a heighten emotion for me since the passing of Major Garrett Knowlan of Jackson while on active duty. No doubt his family also is in special grief during this time of remembrance. I encourage folks to say a prayer for all who have served our nation and especially for the Knowlan family. He had a very strong faith and now watches over all of us sitting next to God.
I'm requesting that you also consider a contribution (made payable) to the Knowlan Family Memorial Fund for the benefit of his wife, Meg, and two sons Beckett and Levi. Donations can be mailed to The Knowlan Family Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 363, Jackson, MO 63755.
Monday, Veteran's Day, is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifice and service of our American Veterans. It was 86 years ago that the US Congress recognized the severe sacrifice made by those who fought in "The Great War" (WWI) and those who lost family and friends in that global struggle. The words contained in the below 1926 Congressional resolution is filled with emotion and resolve:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
You can read more about the history of Veteran's Day on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.