Florida Guard Team,
Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11th. I want to thank each of you for your selfless service, and honor those who served before you. The freedoms that our citizens enjoy are due to your courage, devotion and sacrifice.
As we honor our Veterans this year, I ask you to especially remember the Veterans of the Vietnam War. The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a program to properly honor Vietnam Veterans and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the Florida National Guard is a proud member of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner Program.
This afternoon we will honor our local Vietnam Veterans on Patriot Field with a special Retreat Ceremony to include a Veteran platoon. This is a great opportunity for all of us to take a moment and thank these heroes.
Throughout the next few days, many of you have volunteered your time to support our local communities at luncheons, parades and various Veterans Day events. I thank you for your commitment of your personal time to participate in these activities that honor all veterans.
I’m hopeful that most are able to relax with families and reflect upon the greatness of our nation – and those patriots who made it possible.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida