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Memorial Day; after the Remembrances

Today we celebrate the rich history of selfless service to the nation by all the men and women that have laid down their lives to ensure our freedoms.  That is a debt of gratitude we can never truly repay, but we owe no less to the families of those heroes and she roes that made all our todays and tomorrows possible.

We have a generation of young Veterans returning from combat in foreign lands on foreign battlefields.  Many, if not most have been scarred for life, either physically or psychologically.  Many are returning to broken, foreclosed homes and staggering unemployment.  They are returning to a public and to a country they have spent the better part of the last 10 years making safe from terrorism.

The world that on this day is so very thankful for their service, but can’t seem to understand the value or relevance of the skill sets developed during that service.  How on earth is that possible?  How is it that a 21 year old that lead a squad or platoon of men into COMBAT can’t lead a group of employees at your company?

Will we just fire up the grills, eat way too much, settle in to watch the basketball game tonight and forget about who and what made it possible for us to enjoy those pleasures?  Or, will we redouble our efforts to find a real and tangible way to show our immense gratitude and appreciation for those who serve.  Hire a Veteran; it’s your civic and patriotic duty.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

 

 

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What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Throughout history there have been wars and rumors of war.  War is as much a part of the human experience as breathing.  Memorial Day perhaps has its origins in Richmond, Virginia and was formerly known as Decoration Day.  It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.  By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

That is all I will contribute to the history lesson on Memorial Day.  I will however, ask a simple question, “What does Memorial Day mean to you?”  Is it time to break out the grill and celebrate the beginning of summer?  Is it the official signal that the NBA finals are almost over and FOOTBALL is just around the corner?  Is it a reminder that you still need to loose that last 15 pounds or so before you can show that beach body you spent all winter working on?

I am old enough to remember when members of different communities would gather to clear off and clean up cemeteries where their family members were laid to rest.  Actually, those times are probably my first memories of Memorial Day.  Time has a way of washing away traditions like that.

As we prepare for the coming long weekend, I ask that we pause to remember those great Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the freedoms to celebrate this and other holidays as we choose.

 

 

See you on the high ground!

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“Medrano Pride” – letter writing for our troops

I was pleased to be asked to speak recently to DISD Medrano Middle School students during the “Medrano Pride” Initiative. Royalyn Reid, CEO of CMI and a Government Contracting SBDC superstar client, adopted the school last year. This year, Mrs. Reid and CMI challenged the students to participate in a holiday letter writing campaign to the men and women of our military who were in active service to the nation during the holiday season. It is important to note that the students were asked to write the letters over their Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. 

I spoke to the students about the importance of their letter writing campaign and what the letters would mean to our troops. I’ve been on the receiving end of letters from strangers and know first hand how they made me feel and what they meant in my life. It is difficult to adequately describe exactly how much receiving those letters lifted my spirits. The students felt my genuine passion and embraced the importance of the letter writing campaign by responding with over 4,500 letters. The USO Office was touched by the students’ efforts and reported that Medrano Middle School turned in the most letters of any single group.

I’m flattered that Mrs. Reid would say, “Tim’s contributions as a speaker and role model for the kick-off event and celebration finale made a big difference!”

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Mission First, Soldier Always!

Recently I had an opportunity to participate with one of our star clients Mrs. Royalyn Reid, President and CEO of CMI in their annual Medrano PRIDE Community Service Pep Rally.  I had the pleasure of addressing a gym full of screaming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Mrs. Reid and CMI are freely sharing of their financial success and good fortune in giving back to the community.  They adopted this middle school 2 years ago and this year are enlisting their help in a letter writing campaign for our service members stationed around the world during this coming holiday season.

While virtually every Veteran reading this post understands what its like to be on duty far, far away from home and away from family during the holiday season.  Some people reading this may not have had that experience.  All Veterans reading this post know that when you wear the uniform, the mission will always dictate just how much of the holiday spirit and cheer you can enjoy, and rightfully so.  Also, while almost every Veteran reading this post understands what its like to have “mail call” while in the field, on maneuvers or whatever your service happens to call it.  Still, others may not.

Can you imagine seeing a truck full of mail heading to your location and you absolutely knowing several pieces of the mail is addressed to you?  Can you imagine standing in a formation of 600 or so service members waiting for your name to be called during “mail call,” only to have “mail call” end without your name being called a single time?  Can you imagine having this scene play itself out for you week after week, month after month?  Can you imagine how devastating that is for a young person?  Can you imagine how devastating that is for anybody?

What Mrs. Reid, her staff and the students at Medrano Middle School are doing with their letter writing campaign will absolutely make a huge difference in the lives of many young and old service members during this holiday season.  Many of the kids are probably too young to truly understand the significance of their actions, but take it from someone who knows.  Folks, what they are doing is absolutely huge!

 

See you on the high ground!

 

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