2013-11-08 / Viewpoint

Veterans Day safety message

By Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson & Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger
U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon

Since World War I, the United States has recognized American veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Each year on Nov.11, a grateful nation pays homage to the veterans of all wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this nation. As your command team, we would like to thank each and every service member, past and present, for your service.

During the extended holiday weekend, continue to use safety awareness and good judgment throughout your activities. Seasonal hazards such as ice, frost, and decreased hours of daylight contribute to the overall risk of accidents. The occurrence of any preventable accident is one too many. Stay alert, stay alive!

Continue to do the right thing. Don’t drink and drive, don’t allow others to drink and drive, and don’t text and drive. Do not cast a blind eye to behavior not in keeping with our military values, if you witness someone not doing the right thing, have the fortitude to stand-up and right the wrong.

Have a wonderful, safe Veterans Day weekend as we honor those who forged the path for us to be here today.

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