Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Fellow Troopers,

4o years ago we spent our Thanksgiving in a far away place. Today our thoughts go out to our soldiers who today are far from home. It is appropriate that today we consider the words of the first Commander-in-Chief, George Washington. As you read his thoughts, remember during the holiday season those who are on the front lines today, carrying out the tradition to protect the principles that our nation holds sacred, and thank them for their sacrifices.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!

General Thanksgiving
By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wife, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

Source: The Massachusetts Sentinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789


Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day Message

Fellow Troopers,

Thank you each for your service to our Nation, to the 25th Infantry Division, to A Troop 3rd Squadron 4th Cavalry, and to your fellow soldiers.

On this Veterans Day, every American should take time to thank one of our Nation's 24 million veterans. Their service, sacrifice, commitment to duty, and love of country has kept America free for over 233 years. Our Nation should never forget what we owe our veterans. View the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff Veterans Day Message.

This Veterans Day take time to remember our comrades who did not return. Of course enjoy this holiday which you earned with your service and sacrifice! Thanks again,


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Complimentary Meals for Veterans Day

Fellow Troopers,

McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants are offering veterans a complimentary entree in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 9, 2008.
Veterans must provide proper ID to be eligible.
Visit the McCormick and Schmicks website for details and to find a participating restaurant near you. Thanks to Bill Baum for providing this information.

Applebee's salute the Military this Veterans Day. Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants invite all active duty and veterans to
one of 164 participating restaurants nationwide to pull up a chair for a
delicious meal and heartfelt thanks this Veterans Day. With gratitude for
their service and sacrifice, active duty and veterans will eat free at
participating locations on Veterans Day (November 11, 2008) during regular
business hours. See the Applebee's website for details.

Golden Corral will continue their tradition of providing all veterans a free meal for Veterans Day. Golden Corral will provide veterans a free meal on Nov 17th. See the Golden Corral website for details.