William C. Sproule 2019 Veterans Day Message

January 17, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of myself and the Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenter’s Executive Board, I would like to wish each and every one of you and your families a happy and safe Veterans Day weekend.

Our union is fortunate to have many brave brothers and sisters who have served our country. They continue to be an inspiration to us all on the job site as well as in the community. Their membership to our union is a source of pride with us all. Programs like helmets to hardhats helped our union give back to our servicemen and women and provide them a post-military career they are proud of. Their addition to our union has made us stronger. 

Here on the Homefront, our members continue to reach out to our country’s military veterans. The volunteerism of our members for veterans should be acknowledged and applauded. Union carpenters have used their skills to provide necessary construction for veteran housing and facilities throughout the region, built ramps for injured veterans, assist organizations like the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative who also provide post-military careers for veterans, and honor our veteran’s fallen brothers in arms through our association with Wreaths Across America, building a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and so much more.

As some of you may know, I am the son of Army 1st Lieutenant William C. Sproule, Jr. who was killed in action in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam while conducting combat operations as a platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade on May 10, 1968. Not everyone makes it home from their service and those who do deserve our admiration and respect. Thank you to all our members who have actively honored our country’s veterans and a special thank you to all of our members who have served. Your union supports you.      

Have a happy and safe Veterans Day Brothers and Sisters.


William Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer