Veterans Day 2020
To ALL of the Veterans that have served this country; I want to wish you a very ‘Proud’ Veterans Day!
Proud to know that you served with honor and sacrifice.
Proud you were able to protect and serve.
Proud to Thank the family members while you served and continue serving/volunteering.
Proud to know you as a ‘Shipmate’.
As many parades and events are not being held this year, maybe you could reflect at home with your loved ones. Have your family reflect with you. Get out the Yearbook of your Boot Camp, Ships Cruise, old photos and explain to the family what it meant for you to serve.
I take the time to point out flag etiquette as the year passes with each holiday. We have folded flags and retired flags in a ceremonial fashion. We have pointed out the flags hanging in the wrong direction. (But, at least they were flying the flag).
We missed a whole year of Honor Flights this year and I have seen the names in the Obituaries before we were able to Honor them.
I have attended too many funerals this year. Some Covid related, others due to natural causes. But, none the less, most of them were Veterans.
I miss our meetings at the Ship, Squadron and National level. This was a good outlet to discuss our member’s needs, our programs we sponsor and just flat out “Hearing a good old Sea story”.
If, you have to gather, gather safely. Practice the Social Gathering recommendations.
Steady the Course!
Commandant National NCUSA
Bruce A. L. Hallam