Veteran’s Day – November 11th and World Pneumonia Day – November 12th

Federation Friday: Volume 2, Issue 19 - November 6, 2019

Veteran’s Day is a time to express our gratitude to all who have served and are serving in each branch of our armed services. The sacrifices of these individuals are truly priceless and immeasurable. We continually enjoy the countless freedoms they have afforded us. Every Day! 

History buffs will probably know that November 11, 1918, is typically referred to as the end of “the war to end all wars.” World War I (“The Great War”) officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. However, fighting ended seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1938, November 11th became a legal holiday, originally known as “Armistice Day.” 

The following are some simple ways of expressing thanks to our veterans: attend a Veterans Day event, donate, fly the American Flag, talk with a Veteran about their service, or send a card or thank you note! 

Chaplain’s Corner 

We lift prayers for our veterans, worthy men and women, who have served our nation along with those who serve us now. They gave their best to protect our great country through their unselfish service in preserving our safety, our heritage and our freedom. We pray our veterans will be blessed with happiness and peace during the holiday season. Amen.

World Pneumonia Day 

This day was established in 2009 and is marked every year on November 12th to: 

  • Raise awareness. Pneumonia is preventable and treatable, yet it remains a leading cause of death in children under 5 years old worldwide. 
  • Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat as well as highlight solutions in need of additional resources and attention. 
  • Generate action among donors, policy makers, health care professionals, and the general public. 


Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. Pneumonia can range from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems. 


There are two vaccines for pneumonia that protect against different types of the infection: 

  • CDC recommends pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (called PCV13) for all children younger than 2 years old, all adults 65 years or older, and people 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions. 
  • CDC recommends pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (called PPSV23) for all adults 65 years or older, people 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions, and adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes. 

Talk with your doctor or other health care provider to see if you need one or both shots. Because of age or health conditions, some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait before getting them. Ask your or your children’s healthcare professional for more information. Remember to check with your medical insurance provider as it may cover all or most of the cost for these shots.




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