This Memorial Day weekend my family and I joined millions of Americans across the nation in honoring the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and protection. The living rooms, televisions, newspapers, books, and family histories across America are full of stories about “the ordinary men and women” that answered the call to lead and performed phenomenal acts of valor and heroism. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred these heroes held no real rank or position, but simply did what needed to be done, and afterward, they sought no recognition, and even more often, they spoke little of their amazing contributions to history.
Leaders don’t need titles or positions of authority. The labels of captain, president, chairperson, or spokesman are only as good as the character of the person to whom they are attached. Genuine leaders are the ones who stand up for what’s right when everyone else remains seated, they speak up when everyone else remains silent, and they answer the call to lead regardless of the situation or outcome to themselves.
In an age that so desperately needs great leaders, it is sad to find so few, and even sadder to find a lack of leadership instruction and mentoring en masse. That is why holidays like Memorial Day are so important. What a great time to recognize the leaders who paved our way, and use their lives to inspire future generations of leaders. Break out those photo albums an share the stories of the leaders within your family to your children and pass the stories down. Let each day be a memorial day to great men and women, and a call for future generations to lead.
Honor Through Remembrance.
Thank you to all who have served, are serving, and those considering future service.
Kelly Croy is an inspirational speaker, author, and artist.
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