I wanted to extend my best wishes as you spend these special times with family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for and this time of the year is often a chance for each of us to slow down and reflect upon all that we have.
During this time, I ask that each of us take a few moments to remember those among us that are currently unable to be home due to deployments or other matters that keep them away. Also, please take time to remember those that are forever lost from our ranks, but never forgotten from our minds and hearts. We have so many to thank for the freedoms that we are able to enjoy, but we also are thankful for one another.
Together we are one of the best teams this Nation has ever seen, prepared to answer the call at a moments notice. Whether from our community, our state, or our nation; All can rest in peace because we have and will continue to answer the call.
May God Bless and Keep each one of you safe, and may you emerge into the New Year refreshed and ready to seek new opportunities to make your life and the life of your fellow citizens better.
Many Blessings and Merry Christmas,
Bobby E. Lumsden
President, North Carolina National Guard Association