At the Tuesday November 1st, 2016 City Council meeting, Mayor Laura Hill honored our servicemen and servicewomen with the proclamation below.
November 11th has long held a cherished place in the heart of every American. From the inauguration of this treasured holiday in 1918, Americans have recognized the sacrifices made by our military. Known originally as Armistice Day (a day of peace), after WWI, President Wilson declared November 11th to be a day of reflection. President Eisenhower later issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation encompassing all military conflicts and acknowledging every military member who has served. He wrote, “…let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom,…let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
Whereas, since the humble beginnings of our independence; courageous Americans have stepped forward to protect this country, and promote our ideals. The liberty that we, as US citizens, enjoy comes at a price paid by these valiant men and women; and,
Whereas, we recognize the sacrifice of those who have served in defense of this nation and the loved ones who stand beside them, memorializing the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not returned home; and,
Whereas, the City of Southlake has among its citizens, volunteers and employees, individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces; and,
Whereas, we are reminded of our obligation to them; to serve our veterans as they have gallantly served us; and as we gather here today, let us not forget that freedom is never free, and our nation and our community is evermore indebted for their courageous service, now,
Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby recognize November 11, 2016, as Veterans Day.