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May God bless you - Representative Bill Reiboldt
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If I had to choose just one holiday to celebrate, I believe it would be Thanksgiving. The idea of observing a day of praising and giving thanks for the abundance that we have so richly received from God is very important to me. In today’s society, far too often we fail to take the time to give and to show the proper gratitude to the Giver and Creator of all things. However, throughout the ages, man has in some way sought to stop and acknowledge the Great Provider for all we possess in this life.
Certainly an attitude of giving thanks is deeply rooted in our nation. From the Pilgrims to the colonists, during America’s Revolutionary War and the forming of a new government with its constitution, requests for guidance and direction were frequently made by not only this country’s new inhabitants, but also by those who were helping to guide the forming process. Of those who stopped to give their heartfelt thanks and to express their deepest gratitude to the Creator for what had been so abundantly given, was our first president, George Washington.
For years, Missouri’s two largest cities (St. Louis and Kansas City) were homes to NFL franchises. Professional football came to Missouri in 1960 when the football Cardinals moved from Chicago to St. Louis, and it was in 1963 when the Dallas Texans moved from Dallas to Kansas City to become the Kansas City Chiefs.Kansas City built a sports complex with side-by-side stadiums to house their Chiefs football team and their Royals baseball team.
Always a major problem for St. Louis was finding an adequate football stadium. When the Cardinals moved to St. Louis in 1960, they played first at old Busch Stadium—also known as Sportsman’s Park. Later they played in the new multi-purpose Busch Stadium. Both facilities were home to the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team as well, but neither stadium was good for attracting football fans. Consequently, the owner of the St. Louis Cardinals football team began pushing for a new downtown stadium or else he would move the team out of St. Louis. Following the 1987 season, he made good on his threats and relocated the team to Arizona.
Today, November 11, is Veteran’s Day, a federal holiday that honors those individuals who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, both in times of peace as well as in times of conflict and war.
On November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day to be a day for individuals to remember the ending of WWI. This was one year after the fighting had stopped on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Armistice Day continued until June 1954, when the name was changed to Veteran’s Day, a title that remains.
What is a veteran? One person identified this special individual as the following:
A veteran—whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve—is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.”
Veterans are men and women who live across town, across the street, and next door. They are our friends, our co-workers, our grandparents or parents, our nephews or nieces, our uncles or aunts, our sons or daughters, and they are our spouses. By their willingness to serve and sacrifice for their country, these special people have earned her lasting gratitude, and it is only proper and fitting that we pay them their due respect.