2017-11-10 / Viewpoint

Keep safety in mind this Veterans Day weekend

PERSPECTIVE

Veterans Day is a day of paying tribute to and thanking America’s Veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the greater good. This day was originally recognized as Armistice Day to commemorate the cessation of hostilities during World War I on the eleventh day of the eleventh hour, of the eleventh month in 1918. Then in 1954, under the 83rd Congress, it was re-designated as Veterans Day to honor not only World War I Veterans, but all Veterans who have served and are currently serving our Nation.

During this well-deserved time off from work, I encourage you to participate in the local events to honor our Veterans while also keeping in mind our deployed Troops, civilians, and contractors around the world – and their families here at home.

Your actions should set the example in everything you do, from clicking your seatbelt to volunteering as a designated driver. When it comes to safety, everyone is a leader! It is your responsibility to remain safe and vigilant. If traveling, ensure you have a good rest plan and practice safe driving techniques – no texting while driving! Last year, the Army lost 74 Soldiers to privately owned vehicle accidents. Remember you are an important part of the Fort Gordon team.

Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos M. Simmons and I thank you for all you do each and every day – you are making a difference where it counts! Have an enjoyable and safe Veterans Day weekend as you pause to honor and remember the Veterans of our Nation’s military.

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