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December marks a special time across our country. A time of peaceful celebration and thankfulness for those in our lives. Peace is a cherished jewel in our country, but many are not as lucky as us to live in it. General Douglas MacArthur said at his farewell address to West Point in May of 1962 “The Soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

In September we had our annual reunion. For those of you who attended, thank you! this year’s reunion was really special because of the people who attended. Everyone really enjoyed the events that were planned like the great food, the wonderful hospitality room, the Quartermaster’s supply, our historian’s presentations, the comfortable hotel accommodations, the amazing tours, the effective meetings and the extraordinary banquet. We had the Daughter of 3rd ID Medal of Honor recipient Lucian Adams present to speak about her Dad’s exploits, our French Society member Jocelyne Papelard presented what she and her French allies do to take care of our Dogface Soldiers interred in France and a real-life Texas Ranger. If you missed out on this reunion, you missed a good one. Next year’s reunion will be in Albuquerque, NM.

Much has happened since our October edition. We have celebrated Veterans Day and Thanksgiving and soon we will celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.  It is my sincere hope that you and your Family are blessed with health and happiness and that you share these joys with others.

One of our new initiatives is our Centennial Legacy book. It is my hope that this book becomes a repository of eyewitness accounts of the Soldiers and Veterans who were there when the division stood fast when the enemy was at the gates. I want this book to be a testimony to those Dogface Soldiers, regardless of when or how they served, and the experiences they had while in uniform. Please read the article later in this edition on how you can submit your story for publication in this book- ABSOLUTELY FREE!

This year, 2017, has been a great year for the Society. We have established some really good programs, strengthened others and are working on our future. I would like to especially thank the members of the Executive Committee and the Outpost Leaders. This is where the “rubber meets the road” as they say and this is where we find the people who make a difference in our Society. Without their work and sacrifice, we would not be the organization that we are today. A special thanks to our National Secretary-Treasurer John Weis. His tireless efforts are the “hinge pin” that all other programs revolve around.

At the time of this printing, we did not have our Soldiers Ball report for you. This is a keystone event for our Society and the division. As you know, we host the Soldier’s Ball each year for the division and this year it was on Jekyll Island, Georgia on November 17th. In 2016 we had 1,500 Soldiers, Family members and Veterans attend this event and it was huge success. Last year during the ball, we recruited 25 new lifetime members! Plus, all of those who attended learned about our Society and were able to experience the real value that the Society brings to the division and its Soldiers and Families. This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Division and we celebrated this during Marne week at Fort Stewart. I look forward to submitting to you our report of the Marne week festivities in the February edition of the Watch on the Rhine.

Please keep those not so fortunate in your thoughts and prayers during this time of year. The US Army Green Berets motto is “De Oppressor liber” which means “To free the Oppressed.” Our Men and Woman in uniform are working each and every day to bring freedom and liberty to those who are oppressed. But their toil comes at a price. We must remember that they serve on freedoms frontier bringing the lamp of hope to those who have lost hope. They also bring that light to us. So lift your glass in their honor and remember that they are watching their sector vigilantly, challenging those who wish to rob us of our freedoms and stand resolutely to protect our country. Without them, our country would not enjoy the freedoms that today, many of our citizens take for granted. They are honored citizens. It is through their fortitude of duty and loyalty, mixed with their humble courageousness, that propel them to the heights of this honor.

I hope that all of you have a happy new year! The Society is facing challenges with membership and I would like to ask each of you to make a resolution along with me. Please resolve to recruit one new member into our Society. If you do, you will be doing a lot to help the Society survive the next few years. Please help us recruit new members!

Rock of the Marne,

Toby Knight

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