Costa Mesa, Ca.

January 1, 2021

Dear Family & Friends:

As we gratefully wave goodby to 2020 and welcome 2021, my Annual New Year’s message has special significance.

Bill Burke


During the darkest days of World War II, King George VI came to the microphone of the BBC to deliver the annual Christmas message to the British Commonwealth.

He spoke these eloquent and immortal words:*

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year: “Give me

a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God.

That shall be to you better than a light and safer than the known way.”

As we start the New Year, I take comfort in these words and look forward to the future with great hope, promise and anticipation for the good things to come.

I wish all of you God’s richest blessings, and I hope you have a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous 2021.

We truly live in “A Wonderful World.”

Bill Burke

*quoting from the poem “Gate of the Year” by Minnie Louise Haskins