President’s Letter – May 2014
Welcome to the Beautiful month of May, truly a time to reflect, celebrate and be thankful for. For starters, on Sunday the 11th we celebrate Mother’s Day. Given everyone has a mother, we all know this is the most important day to celebrate even more so than even our own birthday because without mom none of us would have been born to begin with. That being said, thankful would be an understated gesture when we consider all a mother does for her family. For those of you who unfortunately no longer have a mom here to celebrate with, it is an extremely important day to reflect on that special lady and remember all she was to you.
May 17th is the date this year that celebrates Armed Forces Day. Armed Forces Day was created back in 1949 by the Department of Defense under President Truman. This single day celebration stemmed from the unification of three separate recognition days for the Army, Navy and Air Force. The Marine Corps League declined to drop Marine Corps Day but does support Armed Forces Day too. This is an important day to thank all of the men and women who have served in our military both past and present. Just like we will thank mom on Mother’s Day, we need to thank our military on Armed Forces Day because they too through their service have provided us with a life of freedom.
On May 26th we not only celebrate and give thanks for all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our great country, we must reflect. Here in town on behalf of the Holbrook Chamber who coordinates and sponsors our annual Memorial Day parade we offer the perfect opportunity to do so. Please consider taking some time out of your morning and join us along Main Street, Furrows Road and Grundy Avenue as we march to our Memorial Day ceremony at the Alex DiGuardia Memorial just north of the Terry Road and Grundy Avenue intersection. It is a great opportunity to bring out your children and grandchildren and let them witness first hand a true reason to be a proud American Citizen. I cannot think of a better history lesson or impression that could be made than lining the streets of our community and waving those flags as we give thanks to our fallen heroes. Alex as many of you know was a young man who was from Holbrook and was killed in Vietnam during battle. We honor Alex and all of the men and women whom we shall be forever indebted to for not only our freedom but the life and opportunity they provided us with through their supreme sacrifice. God Bless our Military, truly the greatest men and women of all.
Given the importance of this month, I hope you all have a great time enjoying your families and the beautiful spring weather. Please pick-up your flowers and plants for Mom and wreathes for our Veterans over at the Natures Design Group located at 1077 Main St., Holbrook. The girls at Natures Design Group are a full service florist with beautiful arrangements and caring service. Please visit any of our delicious local Chamber restaurants for your Mother’s Day dinner. You can locate a complete listing of our restaurants at holbrookchamber.com or in the Chamber Directory pages within this month’s Our Place Newspaper. Don’t forget Tommy Gandley over at TAG Beverage on the corner of Furrows and Main Street for your entire holiday beverage needs. Also his lovely wife Michele owns and operates the Edible Arrangements of Bayport where you can order a beautiful fruit basket arrangement for mom.
In closing, I hope to see many of you at our Semi-annual Holbrook Clean-up Day on May 3rd and I truly hope to witness all of you at our Memorial Day Parade 11 AM sharp.
All the Best Always,
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce