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Scott T. Pogorelec

From the desk of the Supreme Secretary


by Scott T. Pogorelec, F.I.C.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

As the season of fall is in full swing, the month of November gives us the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to give thanks for all that we have. Fortunately, November has a couple days that we are able to do just that.

On Monday, November 11th, we had the opportunity to celebrate some very special people that have sacrificed so much. Veterans Day is dedicated to all American veterans, both past and present, to thank them for their selfless service to our country. Historically, this day was known as “Armistice Day” and was first celebrated to mark the end of World War I in 1918, which officially ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I have never forgotten my Father, a proud veteran himself, teaching me that at a very young age. It became a legal federal holiday in 1938 and in 1954; the name was changed to “Veterans Day” in honor of all soldiers who served. Veterans and soldiers not only fight for our country and strive to keep it safe, but they also protect the people of the countries where they are stationed. They make considerable sacrifices during their service and display great courage and valor. While an extra holiday is always welcomed, it should be spent recognizing those brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. There are many ways to show your gratitude towards America’s service men and women, but here are few easy ones that would only take a moment of your day:

1 Volunteer at a VA Hospital
2. Proudly display your American Flag
3. Donate to the USO
4. Send a care package to our soldiers
through an organization such as, Operation Gratitude
5. Teach your children about Veterans Day and how thankful they should be for the service from our men and women
6. Simply hug a veteran, tell him or her how much they mean to you
7. Support your local VFW
8. Most importantly, remember and celebrate our veterans ALL year long, not just on one day

Later this month on November 28th, we will have another opportunity to give thanks as we celebrate our American Holiday of Thanksgiving. Historically, Thanksgiving has been a celebration of our blessings throughout the year. As you are with your Family on this special day, take some time, sit back, reflect on the good in your life, and be thankful. On behalf of my beautiful wife, Maggie, our sons, Reid and Cole, and my entire Family, I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday. May God bless you!

On a sad note, I would like to recognize the passing of former Supreme Chaplain and Honorary Supreme Officer, Monsignor Francis J. Beeda, S.T.L. Monsignor was a great man, Sokol, and friend who will be dearly missed. He would always put a smile on your face and tell you a joke if you needed a laugh. He loved the Slovak Catholic Sokol and we loved him. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

Until next time, have a wonderful month of November and stay warm! Zdar Boh!


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