November 11, 2023

Today is Veterans Day where we honor all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, this federal holiday isobserved annually on November 11th because themajor hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.  At the urging of many U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

On this Veterans Day, we cannot ignore that the United States is now engaged in several wars, “armed conflicts” and is seeing a rise of antisemitism at the levels prior to World War II. We have also seen our own government weaponized against parents and patriots alike while leaving our border wide open making us vulnerable to terrorist attacks, propagating human trafficking and the funneling of fentanyl into our loved ones.  While the utopian idea of a society without war is appealing, let us not forget that wars have liberated slaves, stopped genocide and toppled terrorists. It has often been said that without our veterans, Americans would be speaking Russian, German or, perhaps, Japanese. Regardless of which view of alternative history you take, we do know that without our treasured Veterans, America would not be America. Today or tomorrow.

But we can take heed that Veterans are the living proof of all the good men and women who refused to yield to evil, and instead fought vivaciously for what is right. In my family, there are many veterans who have proudly served our country in times of war and peace.  I am the daughter of an enlisted Navy Veteran who was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s famous words “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.”  

Veterans Day is not just a day of celebration and remembrance. In this era of uncertainty and division, it is our veterans who will serve as a unifying force. They come from all walks of life, representing the rich tapestry of our nation. Yet, when they put on the uniform, they become an even greater power – the embodiment of the American spirit.   Our debt to these heroes can never be re-paid but our gratitude and respect must last forever. To our Veterans –THANK YOU for your service and fighting for our freedoms. God bless America.

Happy Veterans Day from the DeKalb GOP! 

With Best Regards,

Chairman, DeKalb Republican Party


I would like to invite all of you to join the DeKalb Republican Party at our meetings and events.  Please mark your calendars for the DeKalb GOP Holiday Breakfast to be held on December 9th– where we will hosting Georgia State Senator Shawn Still as our featured speaker.  Thank you.

 With Best Regards,

Marci McCarthy, Chairman, DeKalb County Republican Party

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