Thoughts and perspectives on this year’s Veterans Day

first_img This post is currently collecting data… 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: www.dcuc.org Details This is placeholder text center_img First: A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to all our veterans who sacrifice their lives and livelihoods so that the rest of us can live our lives as free citizens in our great nation. Military life is like no other. It is the willingness to endure many personal and family hardships while knowing that one day the ultimate sacrifice may be needed to protect our common ideals. For this willingness to serve, we should all be thankful.As we head into the traditional holiday season over the next two months, it is important to remember that none of this would be possible without these sacrifices in service to our country. Although not by design, I like that we recognize Veterans Day ahead of the holiday season. It offers the opportunity to really reflect on the role of our military from a larger perspective.Second: Let’s focus on why we celebrate Veterans Day and how it is different from Memorial Day. Here is how to distinguish between the two:Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice, particularly in battle, in service to our nation.Veterans Day is a national day to honor those who have served our country in war and peace—dead or alive—who have endured many hardships and sacrifices, so that the rest of us don’t have to worry about mobilizing for war.Here is a great article that explains the history of the day and how it has changed over the years. If you have time, it is worth reading on this day.Third: This year’s Veterans Day deeply resonates as I look back on my military career and as I look around at the COVID pandemic that we’re facing today. The last time I felt this way was during 9/11 when I was assigned to the Pentagon. We were largely mobilizing for war back then; yet there are some parallels in our nation’s pandemic response that stir many of the same reactions and emotions. Here is one parallel:Mobilization is when our country must quickly organize in times of war, national defense or other national emergencies. In its full scope, mobilization includes the re-organization of our nation’s resources (e.g., military draft, industrial restructure, imposed economic shortages, etc.) in order to defeat a threat for an indefinite period. The last time our nation did this was during World War II.In the decades since World War II, we have not had to face these kinds of challenges on the same scale. Since then, we have benefitted from a strong national security posture and, at least domestically, have been insulated from the worst of the intervening conflicts. Just like electricity, heat, and plumbing, we only notice the need to maintain it when it is no longer available. This year is different. Everyone reading this article has been affected by a partial mobilization (still ongoing in some states) during our nationwide lockdown. Entire industries were re-organized to produce ventilators, people changed their hygienic habits, and people learned to deal with shortages. Apart from job losses, these changes we have had to make to our daily lives are a small reflection of the sacrifices the military and their families make as part of their willingness to stand in between the nation’s people and the harsh realities of keeping our nation safe. Again, many thanks to our veterans for keeping us safe! There are many other reactions and emotions that come to the surface when I stop to think about Veterans Day. This year, I will use this day to honor those who are serving and who have served. Likewise, I will also use the day to spend some time with my family and focus on what is important. I encourage you all to do the same.Finally, as we reflect on Veterans Day, I would like to share a short video on why each of our nation’s credit unions “do what they do” in terms of honoring our veterans. Please take some time to share the video and thank our veterans for their service. It seems like a small act. However, believe me—it means the world to those who serve in our country’s armed forces.TO OUR NATION’S DEFENDERS—THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!last_img read more

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Japan’s Shibuno Stuns All-comers to Win Women’s British Open

first_imgSalas fired the week’s lowest round – a seven-under 65 – but Shibuno had five birdies on the back nine to win by one shot in her first major.England’s Charley Hull and Bronte Law slipped out of contention with rounds of four and six over, respectively.Salas finished on 17 under, and was practising putts before a potential play-off as Shibuno approached the 18th green, waving and smiling to both sides of the fairway.And the rookie, not only playing in her first major but also appearing outside Japan for the first time, showed no signs of nerves as she struck a firm 18ft putt which hit the back of the hole and just about dropped to secure victory.Aiming to win her third major of 2019, world number one Ko Jin-young hit a six-under 66 but that was only good enough for third place, two shots behind Shibuno, with American Morgan Pressel a shot further back.“I still feel like I’m going to vomit,” Shibuno said moments after victory. “I was more nervous on the front nine but I was OK on the back nine. I felt like I was going to cry on the 18th but the tears didn’t come out.”After being a relative unknown on her arrival in England last week, Shibuno has earned a host of new fans with her infectious smile, which remained even after a four-putt double-bogey on the third hole.That allowed Salas, 30, to wipe out the advantage Shibuno claimed on Saturday and at one point there was a five-way tie for the lead during the front nine.Salas’ strongest challenge after the turn looked set to come from Korean Ko but Shibuno regrouped to launch a late charge and reel in Salas down the back nine.Shibuno was in second place after days one and two at Woburn but it was on Saturday, when she moved into the lead during the back nine, that people really started to take notice of the Japanese rookie and wanted to know more.At the turn of the year she was ranked 559 in the world and shot up the rankings after two wins on the LPGA of Japan Tour, where she is known as the ‘smiling Cinderella’.It was easy to see why as Shibuno high-fived fans and posed for selfies before, during and after her rounds. Even as the tournament reached its climax, she ate sweets and joked with her caddie up the 17th and 18th fairways.Then there is her manager, Hiroshima Shigematsu, who ‘dresses up to make her smile’. On Saturday he wore a Samurai warrior outfit with a blue wig and a plastic sword. The wig remained on Sunday, only this time he was wearing a clown mask.Then after clinching a popular victory at Woburn, becoming only the second Japanese player to win a major championship after Chako Higuchi at the 1977 Women’s PGA Championship, Shibuno giggled while reading a pre-prepared acceptance speech in English.She was ranked 44 in the world on her arrival at Woburn, where she was surprised to see trees having admitted she thought it would be a Links course, but she leaves Buckinghamshire £540,000 richer with scores of new admirers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Japan’s Hinako Shibuno birdied the last hole to clinch a stunning win in the Women’s British Open at Woburn.Shibuno, 20, led by two shots overnight but was soon caught by USA’s Lizette Salas in a thrilling final round.last_img read more