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HQ ARPC Commander's Memorial Day message

Memorial Day 2020 graphic.

Memorial Day 2020 graphic.

For most of us, historically Memorial Day serves as the unofficial beginning of summer marked with ceremonies, parades and family gatherings. Without a doubt, this holiday weekend will feel different than past years as we limit the spread of COVID-19; however, the meaning remains unchanged.

While some gatherings will be done virtually, the command staff and I hope that you will have the opportunity to connect with those important to you over the long weekend. As you safely gather with friends and family, please remember the true meaning and significance of Memorial Day. This weekend, I ask each of you to take a moment and reflect on the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our great nation.

Every generation since our nation was founded has answered the call to defend and preserve our way of life and I want to thank you and your families for your dedication and sacrifice. Each of you are a vital member of Team ARPC and I am proud to serve alongside each and every one of you!

The command staff and I wish you a peaceful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. Stay connected, have a plan and take care of each other.

Very Respectfully,
Col. Kelli B. Smiley