Friday, May 27, 2016

Okay - I am finding that all of this social media stuff is kicking our butts over here at POV Solutions!  We have several exciting things going on and I honestly have been working on all of our social media campaigns.  In fact, we now have four of us in the office who are responsible for updating - contributing, etc.  We are all struggle with finding the hours - So you're stuck with us and what we can get done!

However - one very important thing that is happening this weekend is Memorial Day. What is Memorial Day and what does it really mean? I did a little research -

See the POV Video - retiring the colors

"Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer." 
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"The holiday got started on May 30, 1868, when Union General John A. Logan declared the day an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years later, the name was changed to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday of May. It is an occasion to honor the men and women who died in all wars."
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Doug Perry, United States Air Force, Vietnam
So what does it really mean for the POV family?  I think when we all stop to think about it - we all either have members of our family or close friends who have been involved with the military.  Some who have given their lives to give us this great country we live in.  We have had several employees over the years who have served - 2 who are on our staff right now.

John Bersee,
Unites States
Air Force,
Yesterday we all gathered outside of our building around the flagpole that my dad was adamant that we put up at our new facility.  At the time, we all teased my dad about the flag pole that is large enough that it could be used at Progressive field - but yesterday - I was glad that we have it - and really did understand the importance of the flagpole - and the entire event.

We had a flag that was flying that looked as if it had seen battle too - so we decided to retire it and replace it with a new flag to show our support as a group for the United States of America and all of those who have served.  

Jack - Flag Flying High at PO
Yes - we have several younger folks on our staff who I don't think have ever have been to an official military flag ceremony - but we all came together and respectably retired the old flag and recited the Pledge of the Allegiance as we hoisted the new flag.

In fact - Jack, who was out yesterday, came in this morning and immediately noticed that the flag had been changed and was happy to see the new colors flying over the building (to those who don't know Jack - he is one of our adults with disabilities who has worked with us for at least 10 years).

As you're going through this busy weekend full of fun events - do think about it and all of the sacrifices so many have made for all of us.  If you see folks in uniform - walk up and shake their hands - buy them that cup of coffee and say thanks. 

I am always amazed with my two little boys who always "hunt out" the military folks especially when we are traveling - at restaurants, at rest stops, etc. and run over and say thanks and shake hands.  On our last road  trip, we had a moment of fear when the kids had disappeared, but we soon found them with their new friends from the National Guard traveling South for training- both kids were sitting in the front of the Humvee.