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President’s Pen – November 2022

President’s Message

I love November for many reasons. Fall, cooler temperatures, and the excitement of the coming holidays are in the air. But the main reason I love November is because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving gives us a much-needed opportunity to close our computers, turn off the TV, set aside our cell phones and focus on family, friends, and the blessings that have been bestowed upon each of us.

This November, I could not be more thankful that I live in America, the greatest nation in the world. I am not sure why I am feeling this more intensely than in years past but whatever the reason, I feel I must take this opportunity to publicly thank our veterans and encourage you to do the same. The unique qualities that make America exceptional begin with those dedicated to serving, defending, and bettering our nation and I don’t think it is a coincidence that we honor our Veterans during the season of Thanksgiving.

We are the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave because of our military and veterans. Our liberty and freedoms are something we should cherish and never take for granted. Unfortunately, throughout history, some have sought to take these away. But time and time again, they have been met by an immovable force. One that never backs down and one that has always stood victorious. This force is our American military and the veterans of our Armed Forces. They have given with a grateful heart, and it is up to us to say thank you for their sacrifice, for their service, and for our freedom. We must never forget what they have done and how they have sacrificed for our great United States of America.

Ronald Reagan stated in his farewell speech that, “All great change takes place at the dinner table.” I encourage you, when you gather with friends and family this holiday season, to share with loved ones what it means to you to be an American and why you are thankful to live in the greatest nation on Earth.

Cec Tyler, our TFRW Military Liaison and Julia Morton, our TFRW Americanism Chair each have monthly articles in the TFRW Today. They share interesting, valuable information about the history of our country that you can share throughout the year with friends, family, children and grandchildren. I especially love Julia’s November article about women in the military because it made me think of my mother who chose to serve her country as a Wave in the Navy during WWII.

As important as it is to honor veterans on November 11th, we must be grateful for their service and for the difference they have made in our country throughout the year.

As Ronald Reagan stated, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” As a member of TFRW, everything you do to protect conservative values, our Constitution, and the American Dream honors the sacrifice of our veterans and is an example to others of the importance of being involved.


Kit Whitehill

TFRW President

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13