Earlier this week, when millions of Americans voted, they were able to do so because of the efforts of brave men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom and our democratic form of government – formerly active or deceased veterans of the United States’ armed forces.
We are about to celebrate Veterans Day, which is much more than just a paid day off from work. It has been celebrated since 1918 as Armistice Day, then Veteran’s Day; and is a day set aside to thank and honor those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. I encourage you to take a moment on Veteran’s Day to think about the tremendous sacrifices these individuals have made and how their accomplishments have shaped our history.
Many American families have known the heartbreak of receiving news that they have lost their family member in combat or a training exercise. Please take a moment to remember them.
I invite you to consider brightening the day of active service men and women by participating in a program like AdoptaPlatoon, or a similar organization that sends our armed forces members care packages. You might also lift the spirits of some of our veterans by volunteering at the Veterans Home in Tilton. You can find out about volunteer activities at https://www.nh.gov/veterans/life/volunteer.htm. If you do not have the time to volunteer, you might consider supporting the residents through making a donation to one of the many programs at the facility.
Finally, I ask you to take a moment to think of all your union brothers and sisters whose work goes on regardless of the day – our nursing home workers; staff members at our 24/7 facilities, including the Veteran’s Home; our toll attendants and Corrections Officers, and many more. We are not a workforce that maintains a 9 to 5 weekday schedule. The business of running the state’s, counties, and municipalities does not stop.
On behalf of the SEA/SEIU Local 1984 Board of Directors and membership, I thank all of our veterans, family members of veterans, active and deceased members of the armed forces, and those who care for them. We salute you for your service.
President, SEA/SEIU Local 1984