Department to Honor & Thank Military Service Members on Friday ~ Wear Red, White & Blue

From Secretary Crews:


This week the country celebrated Memorial Day and as a nation we paid respect to those who gave their lives for our freedom. However, sometimes we forget to actually say “thank you” to the men and women we know personally and who we see each day. If we take a moment to look around, there are colleagues we work with each day who have served in the Armed Forces and we know the impact their service and sacrifice have on our country and our Agency.  It is important that we pay tribute to them and formally recognize that service and sacrifice. As a nation and Agency, we should honor, remember, and say thank you to those at DOC who have previously served or continue to serve in the military.

May has been designated as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM) by Congress.

To honor those men and women who have shown such a selfless act of service to our country and our freedom, the Department of Corrections will join together this Friday, May 31, 2013, to pay tribute to them as an Agency. We encourage staff to show their support by wearing red, white and blue. A moment of silence will be held statewide at 11:00 a.m. and each institution/office should designate an area for staff to congregate. For example at Central Office, we will meet on the front steps at 11:00 a.m. for the moment of silence and take a group photo. Should your office or institution take a group photo, please share it with us by sending it to

“America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.” Allen Boyd

To all who have served and fought so that we may walk in freedom under the stripes of the red, white and blue, thank you. Our gratitude cannot be expressed enough for your commitment to our freedom.   

Secretary Michael Crews



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