|Veterans Day 2016|
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to America's Veterans for their patriotism, service, and sacrifice for our country.
But each year on November 11 we take time to pause especially to commemorate their service. This tradition
is traced back to the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, when World War I ended.
A year later, the Nation celebrated its first Armistice Day as a way to remember the Veterans who fought in what
was then thought to be "the war to end all wars." After World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a day
to honor Veterans of all wars.
Nearly 100 years and many conflicts after that first Armistice Day, we continue this tradition of honoring the
more than 50 million men and women who have served in our military since our Nation was founded.
All across the country, Kappa has been participating in ceremonies and observances to commemorate this
day. Thank you to our Military and Veterans Affairs Commission leadership and staff who have been actively
working hard for Kappa active duty and veteran brothers, all to make sure our Kappa military Brothers know
Kappa is here for them.
I know that a portion of our Kappa brothers have never worn the uniform themselves, but continue to serve
our country by serving our Veterans. For those brothers, thank you for your continued service to our Nation.
I am proud of what we do every day for our Veterans, their family members and Survivors.
On behalf of the members of the Grand Board, the Military and Veterans Affairs Commission, and all the
staff members at IHQ, I would like to thank all Veterans and especially those who are our Brothers of Kappa
Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.! May God continue to bless you, our Fraternity and this country that we call the land
of the free because of the Brave"!
Yours in the Bond,
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.