New Year’s Resolution
The history of making New Year Resolutions, in which we promise to do or be something, dates back to the Babylonians. Originally observed during the beginning of their planting season in March. Thousands of years later, Julius Caesar and the Romans moved the beginning of the calendar year to January.
Janus, the two-faced Roman god, looks both to the past, and forward into the new year. Roman soldiers would make a resolution as a promissory pledge to their leader. Historically speaking, you could say a New Year’s Resolution has a military component.
In the beginning of the 20th century in 1907, New York City started “dropping of the ball”. You would think no one really wants to “drop the ball”. The facts are, recent research indicates that less than 50% of people actually make a resolution; and less than 10% of them are actually successful. Maybe “dropping the ball” is appropriate for folks making a resolution. My personal resolution usually is: “I am making a resolution not to make any resolutions this year.”…
However, as part of this American Legion Family, I am making a resolution.
Working with our wonderfully dedicated volunteers – I am making a resolution to continue all efforts to bring the tremendous work of charity and assistance that Post 0221 passionately involves itself with to the attention of our local community. Again, not that any of us seek recognition, but rather to educate the surrounding communities that we stand for tradition, honor, respect, and continued service to our Veterans.
Below is a copy of what the Bedford Citizen will list in their New Year’s edition for all to see as we respect the past and look forward to the future – together !
Thank you for all you do to make this Post stay active – Happy New Year to All !