To my fellow Comrades and families of the Rocket Post, I want to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
This year’s observance of Thanksgiving is markedly different from last year. Many families will not be getting together as might be their tradition because of concerns with travel and the overall COVID19 impact. Some, as our Sr. Vice, John Collier stated in the weekly At The Rocket, will have a difficult time because of loved ones who are no longer with us or are separated from us because of their service to our country. For many of you, the Rocket Post is your family, or an extension of it, and we are grateful to be part of your lives.
I want to personally say THANK YOU to all of our Officers for their willingness to be part of the leadership team at the Rocket Post. I also want to especially thank ALL our volunteers who step up and help make things happen in so many ways. From our Canteen Associates, to our cook teams and kitchen volunteers, to those who come in and help with even the little things. Our Post is only able to exist and function because of all of you and our mission remains the same: "Taking Care of Veterans and their Families”.
I want to also apologize for any misunderstandings or confusion over my recent COVID protocol letter. It was never my intention to make or force anyone to wear a mask at our Post, only to encourage you to consider it. I serve as your Commander because you chose to put me there, and my highest priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our members and patrons.
I pray all of you have a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving. Even in the midst of all the troubles we and our country are going through, there is still so much to be thankful for. I am THANKFUL for each of you and for your service to our country, both in war, and in peace.
Mark R. Kelley
VFW "Rocket” Post 4534