Happy Veterans Day
We are profoundly grateful to our service men and women who have fought to defend our freedoms and liberties.
Ronald Reagan once said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
These words ring just as true today as the day Reagan echoed them.
Thank you to all our New Jersey veterans who have “fought for, protected,” and preserved our freedoms – some even suffering from multiple wounds, loss of limbs, and mental health challenges.
My father-in-law, Carmine Cavallo, was once of the greatest generation. He was a quiet man, who probably suffered from PTSD. He saw several of his combat buddies lose their lives in defense of our freedoms against the Nazi regime. Carm, as we lovingly called him, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was one of the first group of soldiers to enter a concentration camp, witnessing those horrors. Carmine passed away 10 years ago. He is missed, but we remember his brave sacrifices in that horrific war.
To all who put their life on the line – we appreciate you! Thank you for your service to our great country.
An Election Recap
A huge congratulations to all the pro-life, pro-family candidates who fought hard in their elections and won. We had some good wins here in the Garden State. Phil Murphy is claiming to have eked out a narrow win on November 2nd, but Jack Ciattarelli has called for every legal vote to be counted, and as of writing this, he has not conceded the race.
Jack surprised the pundits by such a close race. Our voter registration shows that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of over 1 million votes (2.6 million to 1.5 million). You can sure surmise that a good number of Democrats voted for Jack Ciattarelli. As of Friday, November 5th, 62,333 votes separated the candidates, with Murphy leading Ciattarelli by 1,280,443 to 1,218,110.
The best and biggest news out of the New Jersey Senate is that our current Senate President lost to a truck driver – yes, a truck driver. It was like an epic David verses Goliath battle…and David prevailed once again.
A few more updates:
- Dawn Addiego, the former New Jersey Republican Senator from Legislative District 8, (Parts of Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties) who left the Republican party to join the Democratic Party, fell to a fierce challenge from former Burlington County Sheriff and Republican Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield.
- In the New Jersey Assembly, Republicans picked up 6 seats in Districts 2, 3, and 11 respectively.
- We have moved from 52 Democrats and 28 Republicans in the General Assembly to 46 Democrats and 34 Republicans.
- In the New Jersey Senate, we currently have 25 Democrats and 14 Republicans -with one open seat. After last week’s election, the new makeup is now 23 Democrats and 17 Republicans, and the current vacancy was filled by a Republican on Election Day.
Thank you for involvement, your active engagement, and partnership with us!
Yours for the family,
Founder – New Jersey Family Foundation
In the little town of Anthem, Arizona north of Phoenix, a special memorial was erected in 2011. Its five white pillars represent the five branches of our military—yet it truly stands for all those who have put their lives at risk to serve our nation.
The memorial’s inspired design allows the sun’s rays to beam through slanted elliptical cylinders located at the top of each column so that on Veteran’s Day each year at approximately 11:11 AM, the Great Seal affixed on the ground is illuminated. The tribute to our Veterans relies upon the Almighty’s universal design to achieve its full effect.
Annually on Veteran’s Day, a special service takes place at this special site. The service culminates with the veneration of our service members and the recitation of the poem, The Missing Man Table shared with you below. I encourage you to read it.
As the son of a veteran and the father of three—the day holds special significance.
Thank you will never be sufficient for those who sacrifice and stand firm and take action (Dan. 11:32B) for the idea of America. An idea our Founders themselves—who I would say were inspired by the Divine—pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend. It’s an idea wrapped in the pledge, One Nation Under God, that we must continue to stand for today.
In awe and respect for our Vets,
President & CEO
The Missing Man Table
The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.
The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.
The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured or missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families.
The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast.
The chairs are empty – they are missing…
And always remembered—Amen!
Family Policy Alliance and our network of over 40 state family policy groups (check to see if you have one in your state!) care deeply about freedom. Our mission every day is to protect the freedom of families to make their own education choices for their children, to protect the right of parents (not government) to guide their children’s medical care, and to ensure parents know what’s happening in their children’s schools. We advocate for people of faith in state capitols across the country, so that every child at school, every charity and ministry, every church, every business—every person—will have the right to freely live out their faith in every aspect of their life.
Because we care so deeply about our freedoms at home, we want to pause from our mission to honor our Veterans who fight and sacrifice to protect our freedoms from external threats. These men and women, and their families, have given so much, and we are incredibly grateful.
Our team is especially thankful for the Veterans in our families. We wanted to share some of our family photos with you. Will you share some of your photos of Veterans you hold dear with us on our Facebook page?