If you’ve watched any news programs or viewed any popular social feeds lately, you know there’s certainly no shortage of commentary regarding presidential topics from both sides of the platform. While I’m not here to voice opinions or raise discussions on debatable issues, I do wish to commemorate our proud American heritage and democracy.

Since President’s Day is tomorrow, I felt it would be a good time to reflect–not on policies or viewpoints –but, simple reflections on what a blessing it is to live in a nation that’s afforded us the right to peacefully choose our voice in government. Of course, history tells us this freedom, along with countless others, has come only from the bravery and sacrifice of our military men and women–past and present. For this, we truly thank you.

I’ve mentioned previously that First Bank originated its humble roots as a small, family-owned bank in Creve Coeur, right at the time of William Howard Taft’s presidency. Taft, credited as saying, “A government is for the benefit of all the people,” seemingly aspired to do what he felt was best for all the people. Similarly, First Bank’s purpose has always been to serve all the people of its communities, while striving to act responsibly and purposefully. You’ll find our heart remains truly driven toward the betterment of products and services for our clients; toward passionately serving community-focused programs; and to becoming a trusted partner and friend.

It’s incredible to think that since 1910, when the Dierberg family assumed leadership of the bank, we’ve had 19 presidents; we’ve withstood 27 presidential elections; seven of our presidents were elected twice; one was elected four times; and one president was never even elected at all! Through all of this, and all of these presidential terms, one constant remains: First Bank’s proud red, white, and blue stripes. Rest assured, our knowledgeable professionals are here to guide you, even through the winds of political change.

This President’s Day, I truly hope you find a moment to celebrate our proud U.S. history and patriotism. After all, it’s difficult to get anywhere, unless you’ve started from somewhere. Let’s stand together.