As we celebrate America’s 237th birthday with friends and family, we should remember those who have served for our freedoms. We will never fully understand the amount of courage, heart and sacrifice our veterans and active duty men and women have given so we may live normal lives.
Both of my grandfathers and my father have served and passed on their military values. During road trips my parents would make a point of visiting military museums to expose and teach us the importance of being thankful and understand the history of our country. They reminded us to respect those who’ve laid their lives down for our independence.
My grandfather who served in the Army during the Vietnam War is a shining example of living by example. He could teach you to be caring and how to set and achieve goals. He lived the Army’s values – integrity, honor, loyalty, service and respect. My grandpa’s determination and strong moral values have helped me to not only apply these values to my personal life but also my professional career.
Integrity: Doing what’s right when no one is looking. Integrity is the inner moral compass that guides you through life.
Loyalty: The commitment to your teammates, managers and company. It builds trust and faith between your co-workers.
Honor: Conducting yourself in an ethical manner and having the bravery of doing the right thing.
Service: Having the discipline and self sacrifice and going the extra mile to ensure a task is completed or providing the best quality performance.
Respect: Without respect there is a natural build up of conflict between team members. Always treat others the way you would want to be treated.
This 4th of July, as we celebrate under the fireworks, waving flags and music, may we forever remember the men and women who have served our nation. Take time during this holiday to thank a soldier for their service and sacrifice for this great country.