May 23, 2014
CACI Commemorates Memorial Day 2014
One of the more enduring and unique traditions on Memorial Day is how we honor our fallen veterans with our flag. Unlike other days honoring the fallen, the flag only stays at half-mast until noon, and is then raised to its full-staff glory for the reminder of the day. The half-mast honors the over one million men and women who have given their lives in service of their country, while the full staff pays homage to our living veterans and shows the resolve of the rest of us to continue the fight for freedom so that the sacrifices were not in vain.
CACI takes great pride in honoring and assisting our heroes through our veteran hiring program and philanthropic efforts. One recent example was CACI Cares' sponsorship of a Fisher House event that benefitted Heroes' Legacy Scholarships, which provide educational assistance for the children of fallen and disabled veterans.
Memorial Day has other old and new traditions. The wearing of red poppies to honor fallen veterans started in 1915, but has largely disappeared today. A new tradition is the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance, which was started by President Bill Clinton in 2000. At 3:00 p.m., no matter where you are, one can take one minute of silence to remember the sacrifices made by others.
We hope everyone joins CACI in taking some time to reflect on the true meaning of the day, and to take a moment to appreciate the good character and sacrifices of our veterans every day.