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Memorial Day: A time to give thanks


As many of us are enjoying a day off of work today and a good, old-fashioned backyard barbeque or any number of other fun, summertime activities, as the national leader of RSM’s Stars & Stripes employee network group (ENG), I’d like to encourage you to also remember the reason we recognize this day.

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of each May, honoring the brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It also marks the unofficial beginning of summer every year, which is why so many of us celebrate the holiday with outside activities.  

As you enjoy this Memorial Day with family and friends – perhaps by attending a local parade or basking in the sun by a lake or beach, I, along with the rest of our 10,000 people nationwide, invite you to join us in also remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. In fact, did you know that every year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m., local time? It’s an ideal time for you to pause and reflect on the reason behind the holiday, don’t you think? I hope you’ll join me in a silent moment of reflection and appreciation for all of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  

Ed Stober
National Leader, Stars & Stripes Employee Network Group  




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