Memorial Day message
Memorial day began as a way to remember fallen soldiers of the American Civil War, and today has become a time for Americans to commemorate all who have given their lives while serving in the military. Throughout our history, countless men and women have raised their right hands to answer our nation’s call, risking their lives for their country. Whether on the battlefield of Gettysburg or the hills and valleys of Helmand province, Americans have paid, and continue to pay, the ultimate price in defense of our nation.
This Memorial Day, make time to remember the brave men and women who fought and died to maintain the security, freedom and American way of life we enjoy today. As Marines and sailors, we continue this proud tradition of service. It is our duty to honor the sacrifices of those who have given everything in the name of freedom.
Liberty commences as follows:
a. III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific military personnel, to include those stationed on Hawaii: May 25-28.
b. Civilian employees: supervisors of U.S. civilian appropriated fund employees may permit liberal leave procedures for their employees if mission and workload permit. The observed holiday for all civilian employees, U.S. and Japanese, is May 27. A liberal leave policy will be in effect May 28.
c. Camp Mujuk military personnel and civilian employees will continue to follow their previously announced holiday routine schedule.
Memorial Day also ushers in the summer season. With improving weather, many will take the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities with friends and family. Unfortunately, the summer is also a time when Marines and sailors have been injured or killed due to preventable accidents. Be vigilant and keep safety at the forefront of your thoughts and actions, and never forget that we have a mission to accomplish. Your nation needs you. Be safe, be smart, and watch out for each other. During the liberty period, honor the fallen and make decisions that preserve our legacy.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr., commanding general of III MEF
Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri, commanding general of MCIPAC and Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler