Superintendent's Monthly Message


November 2014

Before we even get a chance to make a dent in our Halloween candy stash, the page on the calendar turns to November, and the festive and oftentimes frantic “holiday season” is upon us. November launches the holiday season in grand style, having two national holidays in its 30 days. Veteran’s Day, celebrated on November 11th each year, was originally declared as “Armistice Day” by President Wilson in 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all the men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Interestingly, it was during the Civil War in 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national day of thanks and a federal holiday. I think there is a connection between these two November holidays, despite the years that separate their origin. When we think about Thanksgiving, visions of feasts, football games, and bargain hunting spring to mind. With all the media hoopla around these things, it’s easy to leave the “thanks” out of Thanksgiving. Let’s celebrate our national day of thanks by remembering to give thanks not only for all that we have been blessed with, but also to thank those brave men and women who have served in our nation’s military. I doubt that it is just a coincidence that these two national holidays are in the same month!

 Dr. Jacqueline M. Horejs