“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” – Woodrow Wilson
We met 90 year old veteran, Vincent Nolan on the pier in Pacifica last month where he told us a little bit about serving in Armed Forces. Vince was Quartermaster in the U.S. Navy during WW2 where he survived the invasion of Okinawa despite being hit several times from kamikazes in the South Pacific. His ship was almost completely destroyed during the assault. From all of us at ALCHEMY, thank you Vince, and every man & woman who has served.
A Nation’s Strength
Not gold, but only man can make
A people great and strong;
Men who, for truth and honor’s sake,
Stand fast and suffer long.
Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly —
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.