This Memorial Day…

This weekend, we will honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Having spent my career in the public sector working in the Defense and Homeland Security environment, I know firsthand the hefty price tag that comes with keeping our country a bastion of freedom, hope and promise. Even though this global health crisis has, at times, made us feel uncertain and isolated, we can also take comfort that many others are standing on the front line every day to keep those freedoms and ideals intact.

So on this Memorial Day weekend, I invite you to also think about those serving both domestically and abroad in a new war with an unknown and complex enemy. Many of us are unsure how to do this. “Thank you for your service” can be and often are empty words… part of our civic routines. Not good enough.

How about replacing those with:

“Thank you for missing the birth of your baby while on deployment or working in the ICU to keep us safe and healthy.”


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