Happy Memorial Day!

Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. – a day to pay tribute to the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States. It was first established on a national level in 1868 (3 years after the Civil War) and became a federal holiday in 1971.

In 1950, the Congress, by a joint resolution, approved a request to the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people might unite in prayer – 11 am local time.

Also, Congress designated 3 pm local time as a time for all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance (1 minute of silence… lights on if you’re driving) to remember and honor those who died in service to the United States.

2013 American Hero Awards

american hero awards 4        On Tuesday, May 7th Hire Quest hosted the 2013 American Hero Awards. The month of May is National Military Appreciation month and is a time for us all to think about the sacrifices made by our military. The American Hero Awards are a direct result of Hire Quest’s desire to honor the men and women who have given so much to our country. Hire Quest is incredibly grateful to Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston for speaking at the ceremony again this year. A special thanks also goes out to all of our special guests and speakers.

The Ultimate Hero Award was presented to Heather Gray in
memory of her husband Major Walter David Gray, United States Air Force. Major Gray was killed in action outside Combat Outpost Fiaz and earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and friend. Major Gray’s wife Heather, gave a touching speech upon accepting the award on behalf of her husband. Heather is the founder of Finishing Strong Ministries.

In addition, the American Hero Award was given to Staff Sergeant Alejandro Jauregui, US Army. April 8, 2012 while on his 4th deployment he stepped on a dismounted IED where he lost both of his legs and two fingertips  on his right hand as well as his hearing in both ears. Through his service for our country he has been decorated with the Purple Heart Army Accommodation Medal X6 one with “V”, Army Achievement Medal X5, Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Ribbon X4, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, NATO ribbon and Astonian Foreign Jump Wings. Alex and his recovery are an inspiration to all who have met him or heard from him.

So in the midst of barbecuing and relaxing this Memorial Day, please take the time to remember those who sacrificed everything so that we can celebrate in safety and freedom. 

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Heather Gray with Gen. Livingston                  SSG Jauregui and Gen. Livingston