Veterans Day 2018

State Commander Tony Dobbins - 11/9/2018

I am extremely humbled to send this Veterans Day message to the Comrades and Auxiliary members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Georgia as we recognize all of America’s veterans. This year, Veterans Day has extra meaning as 100 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Great War – the war to end all wars – finally ended. Originally created in recognition of the end of World War One, the first Veterans Day was observed on November 11, 1921 at Arlington National Cemetery and was marked by the burial of the Unknown
Soldier from World War One. 
 
Nearly 100 years later we reflect on those who have fought to preserve the freedoms every American enjoys. Like generations of patriots who came before them, these few shoulder the burden for many. They serve because they know it is necessary for the greater good. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we take time to thank the men and women who selflessly sacrifice to serve in our armed forces. It is because of this dedication and sacrifice that we recognize and honor all those who have placed country above self, who have determined the safety and security of others as more important than their own, and who have done their duty by taking their place in line just as generations of military men and women have done before them. I am reminded of phrases like one team, one fight, one mission almost as if military service was similar to a
sports team.

In military service we have taken an oath to protect and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and maintain true allegiance to the same. And so, the decision we make have a profound impact on our compatriots and comrades. In life, there are no timeouts, no do overs, no substitutions. We must play every play and sometimes we may need to play hurt. To those of us who have worn or continue to wear the uniform of our great country — and to our family members who stand just as strong at home — there is no doubt that Veterans Day brings with it a meaningful significance.

Let this Veterans Day give us a clear vision of our mission, No One Does More For Veterans. And the only way this mission is successful is for each and every one of us to commit to be the best we can be in all endeavors and at all times. We must realize the talent we have is a gift from our Creator and the use of that talent is our gift to our Creator. We have heard it said, "Good better best, never let it rest, till your good is better and your better is best” as in Be The Best
You Can Be. Time and again, our country has confronted countless challenges … and no doubt we will face many more in the days and years ahead. But our great nation can rest assured our values and freedom are being fearlessly guarded by a greatly determined and highly dedicated military …who willingly bear the cost of America’s wars — and continue to stand watch over America’s peace.

Today, and every day, we must take the opportunity to keep alive the memories, sacrifices and accomplishments of our nation’s veterans … and we must embrace every occasion to educate future generations, the public and elected officials on the accomplishments, importance and the
needs of our nation's veterans. I hope as you read this message, each of us will be motivated and inspired by the deeds and accomplishments of patriots’ past and present. I hope this motivation will help lead us into a brighter future, armed with a renewed sense of patriotism and purpose. We
must remain committed to a stronger nation and to our veterans, for it is our veterans who have sacrificed and paid the highest price for all of us.