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MEMORIAL DAY 2017

May 26 2017

Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend.

Dear Brothers  & Sisters,

Too many, Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday that takes place every year on the last Monday of May, is just another excuse for a three-day weekend. It’s also known as the day that marks the official start of summer and as a day devoted to getting great deals at the mall. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond barbecues and mattress sales.

The holiday began after the Civil War, and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.

Patriotic Americans should take a moment from their day of celebration and leisure to reflect on the brave sacrifices of those who have given their lives for this great nation, and celebrate American heroes, as well as the values that make this country worth fighting for.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the service men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe and defend democracy throughout the world.  The sacrifices that are made by our countries men and women in uniform are impossible to put into words. We are blessed to live in a country with such amazing individuals who put their lives in harm’s way every day.  As you can see, the world is becoming a very dangerous place. With the recent terror attacks in Paris, London, Egypt and the unspeakable travesty happening in Syria, we have to pause and reflect and thank our military and all who serve on the front lines.

As John F. Kennedy once said, “Let every nation know, whether it wish us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” Though I will never compare our work to a soldier’s work, I will stand up and repeat President Kennedy in saying we will fight who opposes us, pay any price and bear the burden in our fight for livable wages and a safe working environment for all of our members.The entire staff and I will continue to fight for the membership and will confront any company or Politian that wants to eliminate a livable wage for the working men and women that made this country great.

As Memorial Day approaches please take a minute and bear in mind where we all might be if we didn’t have the most incredible men and women in our military. And to all the BAC Local 1 members who are veterans, it is my greatest honor to call you my brothers and sister. On behalf of myself, the executive board and the entire local membership thank you for your sacrifice and service.

Fraternally yours, Jeremiah Sullivan, President BAC Local 1