Senior Commander’s Holiday Safety Message

By Vannessa JoseyNovember 10, 2021

Natick Teammates,

In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” In 1954, after World War II had seen the biggest mobilization of the military in this Nation’s history, the Act of 1938 was amended and the word "Armistice" was replaced with "Veterans.” Thus on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American Veterans of all wars.

This Thursday, November 11, our Nation will once again pay tribute to service members past and present. This is a momentous time when the country pauses to show appreciation to our Veterans, military and their Families for all they have done to keep our Nation free. As we honor our Veterans, I encourage everyone to reflect on their amazing acts. Let us all be thankful and celebrate their selfless service to our great Nation.

Many may take this time to visit relatives, friends or enjoy a fall vacation. All personnel must consider the prospective dangers during this extended holiday weekend and practice safe alcohol consumption, fatigue avoidance, and safe driving and seat belt usage.

Flu season is fast approaching and COVID-19 transmission remains high in the surrounding communities. Stay vigilant by social distancing, practicing hand hygiene and wearing masks. Remember to take care of yourself if you start to feel ill. It is better to take a day or two off work for quicker recovery than to come to work, extend the illness and make your co-workers sick.

This is also a time to start thinking about the changes autumn brings. We could have snow, frost, wet leaves, and less sunlight to see these hazards. Fall yard work can cause muscle strains from raking and bagging leaves. Stretch before raking and take breaks after 10 – 15 minutes of raking. If you opt to use motorized equipment, don’t forget your PPE.

Thank you for all of the work you do to empower, enhance and enable to Warfighter. Enjoy Veterans Day safely and responsibly.

Army Safe is Army Strong! People First! Winning Matters!


Brigadier General, USA Commanding