AFSPC commander sends Memorial Day message

Memorial Day 2015 (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Rainier)

Memorial Day 2015 (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Rainier)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- To the women and men of Air Force Space Command --

Memorial Day was established in 1868 to honor all soldiers who died during the Civil War. 

In 1971, it was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, and expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.

This holiday also marks the start of the summer vacation season where many of us will take time to go on trips and visit with friends and family.

Many of us will spend this holiday traveling, enjoying the warm weather and outdoor activities.

Unfortunately, too many will be involved in accidents while driving or riding in privately owned vehicles. 

To put this into perspective, last summer the Air Force lost 17 active-duty Airmen, with 10 attributed to vehicle accidents, including three motorcyclists.  I ask you to maintain your situational awareness while on the roads.  More importantly, ensure you do not take unnecessary risks - be smart!
 
Regardless of your plans during this holiday, please remember to be safe.  I want you to return to duty refreshed and recharged after the long weekend, not stressed or injured because of poor decision making.

I am grateful to each of you and your contributions to the mission.  Without you, we would not have enjoyed so many successes this year.  Laura and I wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend. 

Have fun and, please, be safe!