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MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY MESSAGE

Date Signed: 5/19/2011
ALMARS Number: 019/11

R 191807Z MAY 11
UNCLASSIFIED//
ALMAR 019/11
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS //
SUBJ/MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY MESSAGE//
POC/CHRISTY REIDSMA/MAJOR/UNIT:SD/-/TEL:(703)614-1202/EMAIL:CHRISTY.REIDSMA(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S RICH HISTORY, GREAT SACRIFICE HAS BEEN REQUIRED TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND TO PRESERVE THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. THIS MEMORIAL DAY, I ASK EVERYONE TO REFLECT ON THE LIVES AND ACTIONS OF ALL MARINES, SAILORS, AIRMEN, COAST GUARDSMAN, AND SOLDIERS, PAST AND PRESENT, WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
2. NATIONS ARE JUDGED BY THOSE THEY HONOR. IT IS FITTING, THEN, THAT WE HONOR THE MEMORY OF ALL AMERICANS WHO HAVE DIED IN DEFENSE OF OUR GREAT NATION, AND PAY REMEMBRANCE ALONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES.
3. IN ADDITION TO HONORING OUR FALLEN WARRIORS, THIS WEEKEND TRADITIONALLY BEGINS THE SUMMER HOLIDAY AND TRAVEL SEASON. AS YOU CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I URGE YOU TO GUARD AGAINST RECKLESS BEHAVIOR AND REMAIN FOCUSED ON PRESERVING OUR MOST PRECIOUS ASSET - THE INDIVIDUAL MARINE. TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND ONE ANOTHER OF YOUR IMPORTANCE TO OUR MISSION -- WHETHER IN COMBAT, GARRISION, OR ON LIBERTY. REMEMBER THAT I NEED YOU READY FOR THE FIGHT.
4. I WISH YOU A PLEASUREABLE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SAFE RETURN. ENJOY YOUR WELL-DESERVED LIBERTY PERIOD.
5. SEMPER FIDELIS, JAMES F. AMOS, GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS.//