Honoring the military, past and present

By on May 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Guest blogger: Alex Danoff

Each May as the mercury begins to rise and we knock the dust off of our grills, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of another summer. It’s quite a relief to have finally bridged the long holiday abyss, isn’t it? But Memorial Day means more than just a day away from the office; it’s a chance to both reflect on those who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military and pay tribute to those serving today.

Earlier this month, GEICO did just that by recognizing six members of our military with the 24th annual Military Service Awards. In addition to serving their country, these members of the armed forces went above and beyond the call of duty by volunteering their time and energy to their local communities to take on important causes such as fighting drug and alcohol abuse and promoting traffic and fire safety.

Whether you’re relaxing poolside or catching a ballgame this Memorial Day, be sure to also take some time to remember those who fought for our country in the past and salute our servicemen and servicewomen who serve today. And for a chuckle, check out GEICO’s Memorial Day ad:

3 responses to “Honoring the military, past and present

  1. Barbara says:

    I am so happy to see this blog!  Both my mother and my father served in the Army in WWII and my brother served in the Navy during the Falklands crisis and for 17 years.  All three lost friends and relatives in the service during their time in service.  I grew up with stories of those who survived the War and those who didn’t.  Some of  the bedtime stories I got as a child (of choice) were about heroism and sacrifice and what it meant to both of them to serve their Country and, make no mistake, it was their Country and they were proud to serve.

    Bravo Mr. Danoff

  2. Paul says:

    It is great to see this story. My dad was in the US Army in peace time and I had an uncle that was killed in action in the Vietnam War.  I have the utmost respect for those that have served and are serving and I am proud to work for a company that recognizes our military.

  3. Mike says:

    I’m proud to have served my country during the Vietnam Conflict right out of high school.  The draft was still in place but I didn’t wait to be called.  I volunteered to serve.  I did my part and abhor those without the intestinal fortitude to do theirs.  So many people today forget that FREEDOM IS NOT AND GIFT AND IT IS NEVER FREE.  IT IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR WITH BLOOD OF PATRIOTS.  I survived but know many who did not.  I think of them often but especially on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July.  These three days are more special to me than any others.  One celebrates those who paid the ultimate price to keep our nation free, one celebrates all those who serve or have served and one celebrates the founding of our country.