October Chairman’s Message
October marks several critical anniversaries that define America. In 1492, the face of Europe was changing. Spain was re-united under Ferdinand and Isabella and they immediately commissioned Christopher Columbus to find a path to India. Instead he found the New World, making his first landfall in the Bahamas. Thinking he had accomplished his mission, he called the first island natives he met, 'Indians.'
Two significant victories in the American Revolution were the cornerstones of victory for the colonies. The firs was on October 17, 1777 when British General John Burgoyne surrendered his army of 5,700 men after the Battle of Saratoga. Four year later on October 19, the British Army surrendered to the Americans at Yorktown, effectively ending the war. Another “cornerstone” was laid on October 13, 1792; George Washington laid the cornerstone of the White House.
Another monument to America was dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty. This gift from the people of France commemorated the French-American alliance that made victory possible during the American Revolutionary War. If ever there as an example of American courage, it took place on October 24, 1944 at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Seven American destroyers and destroyer escorts placed themselves between the Japanese Fleet of 4 battleships, 10 cruisers and 13 destroyers and held them at bay until aircraft could help drive them off. No other battle has ever exemplified the courage of the American fighting man as that battle.
Not all things terrifying are related to war. Black Thursday occurred on October 24, 1929 with Black Tuesday five days later marking the beginning of the Depression lasting until the beginning of World War 2. If you have depression era relatives, you know how conservative they are with their finances so they are never put in that position again.
On the lighter side, on October 30, 1938, America experienced the “War of the Worlds” when actor Orson Welles and the Mercury Players dramatized the HG Wells story depicting a Martian invasion of New Jersey. Simulated radio news bulletins panicked millions of Americans.
This October is a month in which you can help make history.
Thank you in advance for your participation and contribution to victory this November.