From the Venerable Master (November, 2011)

posted May 23, 2015, 1:44 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 1:44 PM ]

Hal Leister
Time To Be Thankful

Two National Holidays are observed during the month of November –Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. November 11, 1919 was the first commemoration of Armistice Day, a day to celebrate the temporary cessation of hostilities between Allied nations and Germany, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 1918. Armistice Day, in 1954, was changed to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. This is a day for all to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Traditional observance of Veterans Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Veterans Day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Veterans Day parades, many no longer celebrate the day. Let us not forget those that have served this Great Country and those that are serving through out the world, especially in the mountains of Afghanistan and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq.
In your own way on November 11, remember and give thanks for our veterans and those that are currently serving this Great Country and maintaining our freedom!
Thanksgiving, which was started by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a family day and a day to give thanks and praise to our beneficent Father for our countless blessings and our freedom which is certainly something to celebrate! The family has always been an important part of Masonry. To be a participating member of Scottish Rite and other related organizations takes a lot of commitment on the part of the member, but it also takes commitment on the part of family members. Many times our activities fall at the wrong time and disrupt family plans. Therefore, during this “Thanksgiving Season” we are very grateful to our family members for their support that is essential to our success. During this Thanksgiving, capture the spirit of love and appreciation that goes  along with the Holiday Season!
Have a Great Thanksgiving and enjoy time with family and Friends!

Hal Leister - Venerable Master