Finding the Meaning in Memorial Day

Finding the Meaning in Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the last Monday in May. It has long been a day to honor the sacrifices of America’s fallen men and women.  They gave their lives defending our nation’s ideals, including freedom and liberty.

Folks often get together with family during the long weekend. Others attend local parades in memory of our country’s lost service members. Meanwhile, there are tangible ways to acknowledge and recognize the hard work and sacrifices of today’s military serving overseas year-round. That’s why we’re always so pleased to carry out our Mission: Military Care™ charity team building workshops.

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Teamwork

American military service is characterized first and foremost by effective teamwork. Each soldier knows where he falls within the organization. Lines of communication are well-defined. Orders must be clear. Feedback is civil and direct. The chain of command is respected.

As far back as those Civil War soldiers remembered on the first Memorial Day in 1866, every enlisted man or woman knows his or her role. They carry out their mission to the best of their ability, and even beyond that when duty calls or a fellow service member falls.

It’s with this in mind that we organize our Mission: Military Care™ programs. We work hard to help companies strengthen the kind of skills that are essential to successful projects.  These skills range from communication to project management and conflict resolution. People also learn to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Service

As President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It’s a stark reminder of our obligation to our nation, through service to our fellow Americans.

We are proud to serve our country in a small but real way. We help people realize their place within the fabric of an organization and our nation by preparing care packages for overseas service members.

Corporate social responsibility isn’t just a trendy buzzword to us. It’s a way to broaden people’s outlook on the world. Our goal is to help people see themselves as part of something bigger, whether it’s a team at work or a nation standing behind those who volunteer to protect it.

Caring

Our program participants carry out games and activities that result in dozens of care packages for Americans deployed in all branches of the armed forces at bases around the world. They learn how to communicate effectively. They release the fear of failure, and recognize their own (and others!) strengths. And they manage the overwhelming feelings that come from dealing with too much information or the break-neck pace of an urgent project.

Participants are often visibly moved as they present care packages to representatives of the organizations we partner with. Our clients have served Operation Shoebox, Operation Homefront, Operation Stars and Stripes, Inc., and Soldier’s Angels. Our company also financially sponsors the Wounded Warrior Project. It’s a day that resonates with participants for a long time.

A Great Example for All of Us

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example,” said British statesman Benjamin Disraeli. Let us follow in the footsteps of the military heroes we honor on Memorial Day – the ones we know by name, and the ones whom to us shall be forever unnamed to us.

We carry on their work in our community. We strive for liberty and freedom through cooperation, respect, civility, and honor in the work place, and every place. Through our Mission: Military Care™ program, we hope to uphold the ideals for which so many in our families, and in our country, fought and gave their lives for.


About The Author

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Rob Jackson

Rob has been a speaker and trainer for over 20 years specializing in public speaking, personality profiles, sales training, management, and team building. As a former corporate executive, he brings a solid blend of theory and practice to help people connect and communicate. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and has served as President and Chairman on several Executive Leadership boards. In addition to being a Certified DiSC Trainer, Rob has logged hundreds of instructional classroom hours. Rob is one of the most requested trainers for repeat business because his engaging style of storytelling and humor captivates an audience and moves them to action.

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