Michigan American Legion Commander Thanksgiving Day Message

Dear Legion Family,

Today as we gather with family to eat turkey or ham, sweet potatoes, and corn I hope we all will take some time to think about the blessings in our lives.   I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to you.  Without you there is no American Legion and I am truly grateful for the work you do each and everyday.

I can tell you that we do not say thank you enough and I am not sure we physically could thank each of you for all of the selfless service you perform all year round.   Maybe you were one of the many Legionnaires preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless veterans, either at your post, another post, or at a shelter or church.  Thank you.

Maybe you are the Legion family member who built a handicap ramp or helped a veteran or service member or their family with household repairs this year.  Thank you.

To the volunteers who show up at our state veterans homes, VA Medical Centers, Community Based Outreach Clinic, Veterans Centers, the Freedom Centers, or our National Guard bases to bring care and comfort to our military, veterans, and their families.  Thank you.

To our post service officers and to the employees working in our department veteran services division.  Veterans come to you seeking help to apply for a claim, or come to you seeking temporary financial assistance, or just help.   You take the time and have patience with these veterans to walk them through their time of need or confusion.  Working with the VA can be a challenge all by itself and I wonder how many more veterans would be taking their own life if it were not for people like you doing what you do to help them cross the T’ and dot the i’s.  Thank you.

I am thankful to the staff in Lansing for all of the work, patience, and teaching they give to the Legionnaires who call with questions and keep this organization moving on a day to day basis.

I am thankful that one hundred years ago a few men sat down in Paris and thought about how to help their fellow comrades once they returned home and their mission and vision is alive and well.   

I am thankful that my membership dues helps to fund an organization at the state and national, even the world level, that works hard each and everyday to support our country, our troops, our veterans, and our communities.   I am not capable of doing all the things The American Legion does on my own.  So I am thankful to my friend who asked me to take a more active role in this great organization.

I am thankful to all the people I have met because of the Legion and the life long friends they have become. 

I could list 100 more things I am thankful for because of The American Legion, but I will just end with one more.

I am thankful that men and women continue to serve our great country, who leave their families, and maybe eating turkey in the sand, on a ship, from a bag, somewhere other than in a warm home with family.  They are on watch, life for them could change in the blink of an eye, yet they volunteered to serve.  Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone,

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