I remember well a touching story a colleague told me years ago. It was about her grandfather, who—despite his duties as husband, father of five, and the household breadwinner—joined the U.S. Army to fight, and risk his life, in what would become World War II. He thankfully returned home safely to re-join his wife, kids, and mother, albeit lacking a fingertip or two.
He didn’t just live. He returned home with a greater appreciation for life, humanity, and freedom; and so, he lived life to the fullest.
Memorial Day is designed to commemorate U.S. men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military. I appreciate the many soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country, and I also treasure those who found life—the truest appreciation of it—on the battlefield. The latter was certainly true of this man.
Memorial Day is intended to appreciate those lost; yet, each year, this man received a thank you card from a thoughtful neighbor, appreciative of his sacrifices and of the freedoms we enjoy as a result of his and countless others’ efforts. She did the same on Veteran’s Day.
On this Memorial Day, I extend my appreciation to Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to those friends and family members affected by these losses. I am likewise grateful to all veterans, and to all those technology companies who tirelessly design, develop, and field innovative products to help Warfighters return home safely.
I wish you and yours a reverent Memorial Day.