Memorial Day means something different to everyone. Whether you have served, are close with someone who has served, or are simply grateful for those who have served to protect our country, Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line. To help honor America’s heroes, the staff at JSG is sharing what Memorial Days means to them:
“For me, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who I served with, and all of those who made the supreme sacrifice for our great nation. It is also a time to reflect on the friends and family of those who served, and the sacrifices they made supporting those who felt the call to service.”
Richard Baker, Senior Technical Recruiter – Philadelphia
“Memorial Day has always been a big part of my life as far back as I can remember. Before I ever thought of joining the Army, I remember as a child my family going to the cemeteries placing flowers and flags on the headstones of family members and friends that served our nation. This was not a day for BBQ’s and camping but a day of memory. As my life transitioned into that of a Soldier Memorial Day has always been a humbling day of remembrance for not just my family members that served but for all the service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. As my service progressed into that of wartime service the sacrifices hit home even more for now I honor not just the past sacrifices but those of my battle buddies who paid the ultimate sacrifice not just for our nation but for my fellow battles and I so we can still be here today. Memorial Day is not a day to feel sorry for them for they gave freely, knowing the sacrifice that they may one day have to give but a day to celebrate the lives of Americas finest citizens, our service members, police, and first responders that paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. To all my Battles that went before me, save me a drink at the Fiddlers Green!”
SFC (Retired) Aaron Waseca, Account Executive – Spokane
“So for me, it’s a day to remember and be grateful for all those who’s ‘check was cashed’ so that I can enjoy all the freedoms that come from living in America.”
Shahna Jacks, Administrative Assistant & Sourcing Specialist – Spokane
“Thinking of all those who served our country to protect our freedom during this Memorial Day. Special shout outs to 2 of my boys, Shaun and Matt Eagan, who were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan defending our freedom.”
Ed Zetusky, Senior Vice President – Philadelphia
“Memorial Day means remembering the loved ones that I have lost over the years, and cherishing the happy memories we shared.”
Carrie Delehanty, Account Executive – Spokane
“My dad passed last year and served in the Army. So Memorial Day means to me remembering my dad and those who have served and serve our country.”
Cathy Kennedy, Business Development Manager – San Jose
“Memorial Day reminds me of my grandpa, Daniel Padilla. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. Sadly, he passed away this past December at the age of 91. This Memorial Day, my family and I will continue to celebrate and honor him and all of those who served and sacrificed so much for all of us & of course those who continue to do so!”
-Elizabeth Wiss, HR Generalist – Chicago
“Memorial Day to my wife Jamie and myself is a day where we honor all military personnel that have died for this great country while serving. Jamie and I like to take some flowers and American Flags and drive around to different cemeteries locating headstones of fallen war hero’s (because we consider any person that gave their life for this country a hero). That hero’s grave site may not be in the best shape and may have been forgotten so we like to try to clean it up, clip the grass and leave either a flower or a flag. It is our hope that if anyone else happens by that this hero is recognized today and appreciated for their sacrifice. We have a family of service men and women and it is a flurry of calls and/or texts thanking each other for their service. Our daughter Taylor Merrion currently serves this great Nation at the National Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland along with her husband Nick Merrion. Taylor has recently received orders to Field Medical School which is a school to prepare her for assignment with the Marine’s as a Hospital Corpsman and the end of her training at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.”
Perry Paden, Senior Vice President – Spokane
“…. It’s not only knowing those who passed, but rather what their actions have built….
Sometimes the memories come back: holding a screaming 6-year-old in a bomb shelter, unsure where her father out on reserves is, while pregnant. Then I breathe in the US air, and I remember I am home, and safe…thanks to those who served.
When I came back to the US after living nine years abroad I was scared. Having lived in the Middle East had given me a view of the world that I found few others able to understand. Yet despite my anxiety, our homecoming was a breath of fresh air that I hadn’t realized quite how much I thirsted for. For the first time in years the sight of US soldiers graced me with a sense of calm that I had forgotten existed. My daughter, who had no memories of growing up in the US, was a bit startled when a solider patrolling the airport commented that he liked her bow. Looking back now, I suppose this was the first time it dawned on her that a place can exist where a solider isn’t so paralyzed with trauma they have time to smile… and be nice.
In truth though, the biggest surprise for my daughter to come was not the soldiers themselves, but actually the lack of soldiers. Where we had lived soldiers were everywhere; they patrolled the malls, often the schools and any road. Still today, she often comments about how she hasn’t seen any more soldiers since the airport, and still I tell her “the reason you can’t see the soldiers is because of the soldiers.” To be honest, I can’t say for sure if this idea has really resonated with her yet, but she is learning not to listen for bomb sirens anymore.
Her healing process has begun, one based on constant calm and security protected by those “invisible” soldiers. Every moment I can leave her to sleep, allow her to play in the backyard without panic is due to each step taken by a US solider. Someday she will understand this, but for now it is me who appreciates a lifted weight of worry for my children’s future.
This is what Memorial Day means to me. While I do not know anyone who passed on defending our country, I do know a little girl who can sleep at night for the first time because of them.”
Sarah Grossman, Account/Marketing Coordinator – Armonk
“Memorial Day reminds me to be thankful for all who sacrifice for my freedom and show my appreciation to my family, friends, and fellow American’s for their service.”
Melissa Culbert, Corporate Social Media Specialist – Spokane
And a special congratulations to Christopher Willis, an active service member who is being recognized by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for his devoted and unwavering duty to his country.