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Honoring Service, Praying for Peace – A Message from Bishop Pohlmeier

On this Veterans Day, we gather as a faith community to express our deep gratitude to the brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation in the armed forces. The North Florida counties that make up the Diocese of St Augustine have a rich military history, particularly with the strong presence of the Navy, and today, we join together to honor our local veterans and those across the country.

As we come together to honor our veterans, we are reminded of the profound impact they have had on our lives and the freedoms we hold dear. Their honor, courage and commitment to defending our country are qualities that inspire us all.

In these trying times, we cannot overlook the fact that tensions are high on the global stage, with conflicts raging in Israel, Ukraine and other parts of the world. Our veterans know firsthand the toll that war takes on individuals, families and entire communities. They have faced the challenges of conflict, and their experiences serve as a stark reminder of the importance of peace and diplomacy.

Our veterans have shown us what it means to put duty above self, to face adversity with unwavering resolve and to protect the values that make our nation exceptional. Their sacrifices, and those of their families should never be forgotten, and we must always strive to support and care for them in return.

As we express our gratitude, let us also renew our commitment to working for a more peaceful world, where dialogue and understanding prevail over conflict. Let us honor their service not just in words, but through our actions and support for programs that aid veterans in their transition to civilian life.

To all veterans, especially those in North Florida, your service is a beacon of hope, a testament to the strength of our nation and a source of pride for our community. Thank you for your service, your dedication and your sacrifice.

May God bless you and watch over you, today and always.

Most Rev. Erik T. Pohlmeier
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine
November 11, 2023

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