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    Diversity Awareness: Memorial Day

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    DID YOU KNOW?

    Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

    On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

    Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all veterans. Veterans Day, observed on November 11th, coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the ¬Armistice with Germany went into effect.)

    Speaking of veterans, the firm has formed a Veterans & Ex-Service Men & Women Affinity Group that is designed to support veterans through charitable donations, internships and other others initiatives designed to ease their transition back into civilian life after serving their country. All our affinity groups are a great way to support a worthy cause and get to know colleagues across the firm. Any attorney or staff is free to join any of our groups. The only entrance requirement is a willingness to learn and be helpful. The points of contact for our various groups are listed below. Please consider joining one (or more) today. By the way, if you would like to see one that isn’t on this list, contact our partner and Chief Diversity Officer Paulette Brown (ext. 2365) to discuss it further.

    • Veterans & Ex Service Men & Women
      TBD
    • African Descendent
      TBD
    • Hispanic/Latino
      TBD
    • Asian
      TBD
    • GLBTQ
      Matt McTygue (ext. 4494)
    • Women’s Global Collaborative
      Lori Basilico (ext. 6475)

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