VETERANS’ DAY WILL BE CELEBRATED ON Monday, November 12. In a special way at all the Masses we will be remembering the brave men and women of our country who have served – and those who continue to serve – in the armed forces and who defend our freedom and the ideals of our great nation. We salute those who lost their lives during the time of their service and all the veterans who have died we commend them to the Lord. To our living veterans we offer our words of appreciation and gratitude for your faithful service to our country. We remember in our prayers, as well, all those men and women in our country who continue to serve in the armed forces, putting their lives on the line for the defense of our freedoms and ideals. May God always keep them safe. As a country we must always stand in solidarity with the brave men and women who fight for our freedoms and protect our country and all we stand for. We stand in respect for our beloved American flag, the symbol of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans because so many courageous people over the years have fought to protect them for us and all who come after us. May God bless our military personnel, our veterans and May God bless the United States of America!