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Remembering as we Celebrate Memorial Day 2023

Remembering as we Celebrate Memorial Day 2023

Remembering as we Celebrate Memorial Day 2023
Bill Kobren
As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day 2023, permit me to thank each of you for your service to our nation in whatever capacity and position of responsibility you are serving.

I would also encourage each of us to take a moment to remember why Americans have celebrated this holiday for over 150 years – a reason I believe remains as timeless today as it was then. I commend for your reading the words of Public Law 106-579 which reminds us that “…it is essential to remember and renew the legacy of Memorial Day, which was established in 1868 to pay tribute to individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States and their families.”

I would ask you to also take a moment to think about the profoundly important, shared, and timeless core values, and let them serve as a personal and professional guide for our own public service.

I would urge you to also consider the important ethical principles that guide public service.

In addition, I would ask you to ponder the powerful words of the Federal Employee Oath of Office as codified in 5 United States Code §3331 “Oath of Office”, particularly those all-important words “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

And finally, I would ask each of us to please take time this Memorial Day to thank a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Guardian, or Coast Guardsman for their service on behalf of this great nation of ours, as well as to take a moment to gratefully consider the sacrifice made by our fallen and missing comrades in arms. If I may be so bold, permit me to reshare a few thoughts from an earlier article entitled "A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do".

On behalf of a grateful nation, encourage each of us to remember their sacrifices and do our part to ensure their service will not ever be forgotten or taken for granted. As General of the Armies, John J. Pershing so succinctly put it nearly a century ago: “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”

(Photo courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission)