As Tom Clancy rightly said, “The best way to remember those who have been killed in battle is to work for the day when others will no longer be sent to take their place.”
But there’s still a long way to go for policymakers to wage peace instead of war! For now, let’s just dedicate Memorial Day to the memory of all the sacrifices of those who took up military service to protect and safeguard the rest of us! For those who have fallen in battle, we can do nothing greater than paying our homage for their ultimate sacrifice!
The tradition of celebrating Memorial Day started in Arlington as Decoration Day. The day was set aside in the memory of all those who lost their lives in the Civil War. The Arlington Cemetery keeps up this tradition to this day as the headstones are decorated with the red poppy flowers, giving this day its second name of Decoration Day. States used to celebrate their choice of day as Memorial Day, but slowly everyone settles for the last Monday of May every year as the traditional choice of day dedicated to Americans who laid their lives down for the country.
Thus, it came to be observed every year on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is not just a federal holiday or long weekend. Tracing back to the Civil War — it’s a day of remembrance for all those who died in the service of the United States of America.
Although it’s marked by festivities, parades, fashion shows and partying or as a vacation getaway, this weekend can pass like any other weekend in nothing more strenuous than self-indulgence. Or, we could learn from some others who put this spirit of commemoration into action.
Have you noticed how some resorts and amusement parks announce freebies and discounts to all active and retired military personnel and their family members? This is a testimony to their awareness of the fact that the purpose of Memorial Day is to honor the memory of the members of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of their country.
We should also consider those who returned from war to civilian lives – surviving their tours of duty, sometimes with badly scarred bodies and traumatized minds. Even those veterans who didn’t see active duty still put their lives on the line for our freedom.
At DCR, we recognize the contributions made by our veterans and feel that it’s our bound duty to recompense them in the only way we can…by helping these heroes transition to civilian jobs. And we practice what we preach. In doing so, we are also enjoying the contributions of these veterans, as valued employees, to achieve our goals.
Their creativity, strategic agility and problem-solving skills are exceptional and highly valuable to a customer-focused company such as DCR. Their military service makes them tough and resilient. They scale new heights effortlessly by adapting to achieve, while their discipline and teamwork are exemplary and worthy of emulation.
That’s why we created the DCR Veteran’s Program. To help increase veterans’ access to opportunities with clients as well as increase their visibility to suppliers. By serving our veterans, we’re serving our clients, community and country.
Let’s take this opportunity to remember and re-dedicate ourselves to our pledge to hire more veterans into our teams, as we salute our flag and honor the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm on Memorial Day.
DCR is dedicated to hiring veterans whenever it’s practical. Is your company?
Thank God for our men and women in the Armed Forces who stand willing to lay down their lives for our freedom. And they do so out of love, not hatred. Freedom is not free!
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