Memorial Day commemorates all of the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. To those fallen soldiers, we honor and remember you for your sacrifice, dedication and service. May you rest in peace. You'll never be forgotten.
Also, since May is National Military Appreciation Month, Memorial Day provides an opportunity to show gratitude to those who are still living and fighting on our behalf. We appreciate all that you're doing and all of the contributions that you've made so far. You're keeping us safe today while protecting our future. You'll forever be our heroes for defending our freedom and securing our way of life
In my book under the section titled "Body Check as Not to Wreck", I pay tribute to our military as follows:
"No one is a better teacher of your code of conduct than your military. A code of conduct gives you a set of rules to live by and it serves as a check and balance of right and wrong. Ultimately, your gut tells you your own code. Don't compromise it for others. Earn your own stripes and do the right thing. Salute your inner soldier."
Now a code of conduct is based upon core values. Here's a good example of what core values consist of. It's found on the website www.USO.org. USO is a private, nonprofit, congressionally chartered organization that's recognized by the US Department of Defense. Their mission is to lift the spirits of America's troops and their families. They list the core values they work by as follows:
Do the Right Thing
Lucky for us, all of these values can be applied to our daily lives as well, and they should be applied. In our case though, Mission First would translate into Family First.
So before you go out and enjoy your day off this Memorial Day, remember the reason that you have the day off. Display your American flag and remember our troops―Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Then you can salute your inner soldier.