IMCOM leadership sends Memorial Day greetings

| May 22, 2015 | 0 Comments



Lt. Gen. David Halverson and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeff Hartless
Installation Management Command


Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to America.

Memorial Day was born from the War between the States and a desire to honor our dead.

On the first Decoration Day, Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and participants decorated the graves of the Union and Confederate Soldiers buried there.

On Memorial Day, we remember those who died in service to America.

Many of you will use this time to be with friends and family. Travel is on the agenda for many of you.

Take steps to reduce the chances of burglary while you are gone. Secure windows, including those upstairs. Remove objects like ladders or trashcans that make it easier to enter a window or scale a fence.

Do not leave social media posts making it obvious you will be out of town. Turn telephone ringers down, so no one outside can hear repeated rings. Review answering machine messages to make sure they do not imply you are away.



Consider using timers to operate lights.

With many people traveling over the holiday weekend, it’s more important than ever to drive safely. People should be well-rested and alert, use their seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, and absolutely do not text. Leave ample room when following other vehicles.

Use caution in work zones. Make frequent rest stops when traveling long distances.

The onset of grilling season often results in injuries and fires due to careless cooking practices. Never grill indoors. Always supervise a grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including pets, stay away from the grill. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything else that could catch fire. Use the long-handled tools, especially made for cooking on the grill. Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already ignited.

Whether you travel or stay home, please reserve some of your time to recall the reason this day was established. The “National Moment of Remembrance“ resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks all Americans to pause at 3 p.m. local time, “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.”

Whether you simply pause or attend a parade, visit a memorial, toast the fallen or comfort a survivor, give a thought to those who, with their sacrifices, passed the torch of freedom to those of us who stand in defense of our nation today.

Once a Soldier, always a Soldier.

Soldier for Life!

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