"The Greater Good"

For the past four years I have attended a patriotic program on the Saturday prior to Memorial Day. From the music to the recitations by people dressed in historical costumes, the evening always helps me better frame the day. At one point all those who have served in the Armed Forces are asked to come forward and be recognized. It is a moving moment to see them and to reflect on their sacrifice.

The common bond among all the men and women who have served in the military is that they were/are willing to serve "the greater good." I have to ask myself if I am willing to do the same on a daily basis. Principles like patriotism, self-sacrifice and servant leadership are timeless and are what have made the United States the greatest country in the world.

President Theodore Roosevelt gave some stern advice to all of us about what could happen if we forget some of these principles in the way we live our lives as Americans when he wrote:

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

May this Memorial Day be a wake up call to me to more frequently focus on "the greater good."