Memorial Day is a time of reflection, a time to remember the sacrifices of those who have come before us and those who have served with us. As members of this great Army, we share a common history with those brave men and women who have fallen for the cause of freedom.

The passage of Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer season and, with it, the Army’s Summer Safety Campaign. As the temperatures rise every spring, there’s a corresponding increase in fatal Army accidents. It takes proactive leadership, discipline and teamwork to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday. We all need to do our part to reduce preventable accidents, and I expect all leaders to take the extra steps necessary to make this a safe weekend. Celebrate safely and please don’t drink and drive!

May we all remember the “National Moment of Remembrance” to pause at 3 p.m. local time for one minute of silence to remember and honor those who lost their lives in service to our country.

You are all valuable members of this community and we need everyone to return to work safely after this holiday. I wish you all a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

Col. Michelle D. Mitchell

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir Commander