By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Monday, we celebrate Presidents’ Day — a time to recognize the lives and achievements of those who served in America’s highest elected position as the President of the United States and as the Commander-in-Chief of our military.
Our nation’s presidents have provided unity for Americans by leading us through times of conflict, uncertainty and change.
The origin of this holiday lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of George Washington was first celebrated as a federal holiday. Our first president once said, “The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.”
Since its publication, our Constitution has been a document to which all leaders of our nation have looked for guidance, and it continues to embody the ideals and the freedoms we all hold dear; the same ideals and freedoms which our military has sworn to protect.
As we reflect upon the inspirational leadership and accomplishments of our Presidents throughout the years, let us also remember the honorable oath we share to defend the U.S. Constitution and the American way of life.
We also ask that you remember we belong to a noble profession with the highest level of discipline and standards, and are entrusted by the American people to serve honorably on and off duty.
Ensure you and your teammates make good, ethical decisions while remaining vigilant and keeping safety at the forefront over this holiday weekend.
Enjoy the quality time with family and friends and remember our brothers and sisters in arms who may not be able to enjoy this weekend at home. We thank you for all you do every day, and we are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)