Dear California Daughters,
November holds two important days for all of us to observe: Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month in 1918, the world rejoiced and celebrated the signing of the armistice that ended the “war to end all wars.” In 1954, following World War II and Korea, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor and celebrate the service of American veterans of all wars. Let’s take every opportunity to thank a veteran on that day.
Our State Society will be holding our Heritage Tea in Sacramento on November 15, celebrating the beautiful chapels of our military academies. We look forward to yet another way of honoring those who have chosen to serve our country.
The colonial settlement at Berkeley in the Virginia colony was the first to “set aside a day to give thanks for their survival” upon the ship’s arrival in the new homeland. That was December 4, 1619, two years before the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, which gave rise to their Thanksgiving Day in 1621. George Washington proclaimed a day of thanksgiving on October 3, 1789. Exactly 74 years later in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation that set the last Thursday of November as a “day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Since 1941 we have observed the fourth Thursday of November as our official Thanksgiving Day. For my husband and me, it is truly a special day of celebration and praise because we were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1977.
As we fly the flag on November 11th and enjoy Thanksgiving on the 27th, let’s make this November the month where we can in all ways Celebrate America! and Celebrate Service!…to God, Home, and Country.
Carol Oakley Jackson
California State Regent