On Memorial Day 2015

JAL_IntouchLike Americans have for the past 150 years, every spring we celebrate this holiday called “Memorial Day” which traditionally marks the beginning of summer.

It is a day when families can get together for a picnic or a barbecue, and it a time when communities large and small hold parades and observances.  It’s a day we pause to honor and remember those who were called, and gave their lives in the service of America.

Although the celestial beginning of summer isn’t for another three weeks, today is recognized as the day when summer events officially commence.

It makes me proud to know that on Memorial Day, and the summer days that follow, millions of Ohioans will be able take to the streets and highways to enjoy our public recreation, historical sites, zoos, and festivals because of the vital work you do.

And while many Ohioans will enjoy this and other holidays with their families, AFSCME Council 8 members will be on the job keeping our communities safe and our public spaces attractive and accessible.

Our AFSCME sisters and brothers staffing hospitals will be on the job ready to take care of summer accidents, illness and injuries from minor to major.

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 health department workers will be at work keeping outdoor events ­food-safe and swimming pools clean and sanitary. And our parks and recreation members will be on the job putting our public recreation centers, parks and public golf courses in top share for all to enjoy.

This weekend I hope every AFSCME family has the opportunity to break bread together and take a moment to remember that our freedom did not come without costs.

Every family has someone who served this nation in time of war. We must share that legacy with our children so they better understand our nation rich history and the part each family plays.

I wish you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day.

In Solidarity,

President John A. Lyall

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