John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address in January 1961, had strong words about the depth of our passion for freedom. He said, “Let every nation know … that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” On this Memorial Day, the words of President Kennedy offer a chance to reflect on the founding principles of our country, honor the traditions that shape this great nation and demonstrate gratitude for the sacrifices required to protect our freedoms.
Officially, Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. The sacrifice of our deceased veterans had a purpose. It was powerfully described by our 35th president, and is memorialized in the hearts of the friends and family who sacrificed along with them. The bravery of our fallen service members reminds us of the power of responsibility, integrity, and commitment to defend our personal, economic and political freedoms.
At Northwood, we share these values as we strive to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society. We aim to develop leaders with character and talent whose passion for our country rivals that of those who lost their lives in service to it. And we join with the nation to honor the men and women who served so unselfishly.
This weekend, wherever your celebrations take you, I hope you’ll find time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day, on the values that make this country great, and on the people who gave their lives defending it to ensure our liberty.
Wishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day.
Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203