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Airline Professionals Association - Teamsters Local Union No. 1224

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Veterans Day Letter from the President

11-10-2020

Fellow Local 1224 Crewmembers,

Please be advised that the union office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day. In the event of an emergency situation, we remind you that you can reach an appropriate member of the union leadership by calling the Emergency Notification System at (866) 660-1224.

Veterans Day is the perfect time to take a moment to reflect upon the many freedoms that we enjoy in this great country. The liberties we savor did not come easy. They were bought and paid for by those who have given so much in the defense of this country. Not only do we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but we also say thank you to all who have served, including those who continue to serve today. Scattered around the globe, away from their family and loved ones, at great personal sacrifice, our military members protect the interests of the United States so the rest of us can enjoy everything our great country has to offer. Former President John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” We owe it to these brave men and women to protect the ideals on which this country was founded. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… that all men are created equal, these are God-given rights. We can never let these words lose the deep meaning and importance that they possess. In these exceedingly difficult times, it is easy to forget that we are all brothers and sisters, all chasing those same basic pursuits that were so eloquently laid out in the Constitution. We must keep the American Dream alive; we need to be that shining light on the hill to which the world will look. We owe that to our fellow American service members, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice to keep that dream alive, to keep that light lit. Former President Ronald Reagan said, "We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause." We cannot let that noble cause be tarnished. America is a place; but more importantly it is an idea, a way of life. A way of life where each person matters, where we are free to pursue our dreams and aspirations with dignity and without artificial or preconceived restraints. It is a way of life where rugged individualism and self-determination is combined with a love of one’s neighbor and an empathy for those who are not as fortunate. A way of life where individual accomplishments and triumphs can be celebrated fully realizing that the greatest triumph is when we work together to make this world a better place for all to live. Our veterans did not sacrifice so that we could be miserable in our constant fighting with each other. They did not protect our many freedoms and liberties just so we could use those very liberties to tear each other down. They sacrificed so we could be happy, so that we could live our lives to the fullest extent possible, so we could enjoy freedoms never before available to any nation’s people. We owe it to them to utilize these freedoms for the greater good of every American. As Bill Shuster once said, "Our veterans accepted the responsibility to defend America and uphold our values when duty called.” It is our duty to ensure those very values are upheld. Many Local 1224 members have served in the Armed Forces. But even those who have not may have had a spouse, son or daughter, father or mother, sister or brother, or a close friend who served. The point is that most of us know people who have made varying levels of sacrifice defending our country. Take a moment to thank them for their service, for without the citizens of this great nation willing to defend her, we would never have become and remained the Great Nation we are today. We must wake up each morning thanking God for this great country we live in, thank those who have and are defending her and then we must go out and help build upon the American Dream. We salute our veterans! "The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude." - Jeff Miller With Thanks, Tim Jewell, President Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224