Memorial Day - Never Forget
For those of you that have known our company for a while, you probably have figured out that while most companies shy away from strong statements on anything that could be polarizing, we don’t have an issue with taking a stance on just about anything. We’re loud and outspoken on lots of stuff…having fun, saving our planet, and speaking out about things that resonate deep down in our hearts.
One thing that resonates with me is a deep sense of patriotism. I grew up in Washington DC and saw all the good, the bad and the ugly that surrounds politics, power struggles, and the wranglings that go along with the governance of our nation. It also imbued in me a sense of history and pride that I cannot shake. Pride in the courage of our forefathers and all the leaders that have taken the bold strokes in history. Pride in the decisions that have brought us to the great status that we have today. I still marvel at the thought of the original colonists and the immigrants along the way that left everything behind for the dream of a better life. When it comes to the American gene pool, there is a heavy dose of whatever gene makes up a dreamer, an optimist, or a person of valor. Without those traits it wouldn’t have been an easy decision to close the family farm and get on a boat headed into the unknown.
So, on Memorial Day, we have a chance to remember those that have given the ultimate gift to us…our freedom. They paid for it with the ultimate price…their lives. We are asked to remember them. To honor them. We must ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain. Please, take a moment today to do so. Thank them in your hearts. Send your prayers to them. Pray not only for those that have passed on, but the living that are still in harms way. Most of all, do something special to teach your children about those that went before us.
If you have a chance to visit Washington DC, please don’t miss these two places:
The Wall – (this was dedicated in 1982 right after I moved to DC and I still remember visiting it for the first time) -
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier-
p.s. from Team Ju-Ju-Be (Joe posted this on a past Memorial Day and we thought it was too beautiful to not share again.)