Legionnaires and members of the American Legion Family, as we close out 2020, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I know it’s been a difficult year for many. It’s been a year of loss, whether that of a loved one or a job; separation from family and friends; political and racial tensions; and devastating hurricanes.
In the midst of this difficult year, there is an abundance of gratitude.
I have sincere gratitude for the entire American Legion Family. I have been inspired daily by the selfless actions of Legionnaires, Sons of The American Legion members, American Legion Riders and Auxiliary members who have served their communities during these challenging times. American Legion Family members have rallied to provide food to those in need, organized special birthday recognition drive-bys for World War II veterans, hosted blood donation drives in their communities and provided other services.
We have chronicled hundreds of stories on www.legion.org/coronavirus that demonstrate how American Legion posts have served communities, states and nation during the pandemic.
I also am thankful for our brave men and women who are protecting us at home and abroad. Many of our troops will not be able to see their families this Christmas. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Additionally, I am thankful for every veteran who has served our nation with honor. As deeply troubling as 2020 has been, our democracy is strong. Our nation has withstood challenges before and we will come out of this challenging year even stronger than when it began.
Most of all when I consider the blessings 2020 has provided, I will think of The American Legion. I am honored to be your national commander. I am inspired by all the community service you have performed in the past year. And I am truly grateful for your friendship, dedication, patriotism and membership in the nation’s largest, most influential and greatest veterans service organization.
I end this year with holiday greetings for all of you. Please listen to them and share with other fellow members and veterans at www.vimeo.com/americanlegion.
Have a safe and blessed holiday and New Year.