Veterans Celebrated at SaddleBrooke Ranch

American Legion Post 132 Color Guard Team

On the morning of Nov. 11, 2023, some 130 veterans and spouses enjoyed a few hours of community to celebrate freedom on this special historic date!

SaddleBrooke Ranch (SBR) Veterans Day began with American Legion Post 132 presenting the U.S. Colors while playing our glorious national anthem. Emcee, Ken Robinson, introduced Rebecca Call (Daughters of the American Revolution) to provide a prayer; she gave an insightful blessing. Breakfast was served by the Ranch House team: Kelly Cardwell, Tyler Rose, and other team staff members. It was a breakfast to remember: hot, tasty, and friendly.

Guests sat at large tables among new friends, with a familiar purpose: to remember fallen heroes, recognize those who served in all branches, and celebrate those who carry on the tradition of liberty and are in uniform today.

A truly amazing video was played that explained the Missing Man Table, which was placed at the front of the ballroom: Wow! Ken Robinson recognized and praised all of the spouses for their duty to our country. Further, we enjoyed numerous photos of our resident veterans who served in the past, via a PowerPoint scroll. A rousing soundtrack of the military branch anthems of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marines recognized those present. Ken really got the veterans moving and having a great time during their branch music celebration.

A brief history of Veterans Day: In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 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, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in councils of the nations.”

A Federal Act approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November each year a legal holiday. In 1954, at the urging of various veterans service organizations, the Act was amended by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” The important purpose of Veterans Day: It’s a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Ken Robinson and Rebecca Call, the day’s chaplain

LTC Ken Robinson, U.S. Army (Ret.) has reinvigorated the SBR Veterans Club. In July 2023, Ken, Chuck Wren, and Rob Risk re-established the Veterans Club. There was a lot of joint coordination for this Veterans Day Breakfast. The SBR Veterans Club has monthly meetings with guest speakers.

Many thanks to the SBR Veterans Club for hosting. We are reminded that patriotism is energetic, wholesome, and a lot of fun.