Co-authored with Dani Schrakamp

Last week, we discussed that #MentalHealthMatters and the impact of government reform and technology innovation for telemental health care. Today, we have a special Memorial Day edition for #GovernmentNow as we salute those heroes who commit their lives to the service of others.

Memorial Day is much more than a chance for a three-day weekend. Today, is a time for a more meaningful acknowledgment of those who served. To remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives, their futures, and their dreams so that we could fulfill ours.  

To serve and protect is far from a new concept for America’s brave men and women. However, the bounds of that service and the call to protect have expanded in ways and measures far beyond what we could have imagined.

Reflecting on the world’s modern conflicts, we see the loss of 1.4 million of America’s sons and daughters that gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our way of life, our liberties, and our freedom. Adversaries both present and unseen have attacked our citizens, soldiers, and allies in a campaign to break the American spirit. But each and every time, these foes are confronted with unwavering tenacity and dedication. Because of their service, we prevail.

Service members and first responders

Currently, the United States is faced with an entirely different challenge. We are combatting the uncertainty and fear of a global pandemic, and the people we place our faith in to keep us safe are unmatched. Amid COVID-19 response and recovery, we are indebted to America’s soldiers, sailors, air men, and engineers partnered with the healthcare personnel, emergency responders, and frontline workers for their service. These people are risking their personal well-being, and the health of those around them. And still, they step forward to say “send me” for all of us and for our safety. Now more than ever, thank you for your patience, your kindness, and your self-less care.

From foxhole to friend of the defenseless. At periscope or with stethoscope. Whether a major or a medic. Standing as a corporal or corpsmen. Every naval officers and nurse. Each bombardier and bedside companion. You are all a testament to selfless sacrifice. To the heroes who have served – many trading their lives so that others may survive – and to those who continue to do so valiantly, a grateful nation thanks you. Today, and every day.

How do you remember and honor our brave service members? We’d love to hear what you think. Comment below. Share your thoughts. Join the conversation. And keep an eye out for our next#GovernmentNow post.

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Carl De Groote

Senior Director, U.S. Defense

U.S. Public Sector