Let the festivities, parades, fashion shows and partying begin because the Memorial Day weekend is here! Have you planned your vacation getaway or booked a cruise this weekend, like millions of others? Did you know that some resorts and amusement parks have announced that all active and retired military personnel would get free admission to their premises and offered special discounts to any family members accompanying them?
But, Memorial Day is not just another holiday! Let us not allow this frenzied activity blur our awareness of the fact that Memorial Day is meant to honor the memory of the members of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of their country. The tradition of celebrating Memorial Day started in Arlington as Decoration Day, a day set aside for 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.
Every state celebrated its choice of day as Memorial Day, until the tradition expanded to include all Americans who laid their lives down for the country and set for the last Monday of May every year.
This commitment to uphold the memory of all those military men and women who sacrificed their lives is commendable as they deserve our gratitude. But, let us also mark the occasion by remembering the military personnel who survived these battles – with scarred bodies and minds – and who need our help to ensure that their return to civilian life means lives of dignity and prosperity.
At DCR Workforce, we firmly believe that it is our obligation to recognize the contributions made by our veterans and recompense them in the only way we can… by paying homage to the memory of the veterans who laid down their live in the defense of our country and also by making sure that we support them fully when the time comes for these heroes to transition to civilian jobs.
As we salute our flag and honor the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 P.M. on Memorial Day; we shall also reaffirm our pledge to grow the number of veterans we have hired and placed with our clients. Let us talk more on this, in our next post.
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