Below please find some reflective words from City of Nampa Chief of Staff Rick Hogaboam
In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations..."
While we rightly reflect on those who have served this country, we must also remember that their service was honorable because the cause of freedom is noble. And we must never forget this. President Calvin Coolidge said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”
The select few have secured freedom and prosperity for the many. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they've suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us. That is our duty. They have never let America down. We will not let them down.”
We must not let our veterans down. It is our solemn duty to remember them, to honor them, and to preserve what they defended. Please join me in thanking our veterans, their families, and honor their lives by living with gratitude for their service and the blessings we enjoy.