As the country works through the current reality of sickness, unemployment, and volatile markets, I want to reflect for a moment on the sacrifices made for this country. To begin, our active military, veterans, and their families are not removed from regular disruption to their lives. Daily sacrifices for our military families are the norm. A glimpse of this reality is something many of us are just beginning to see. Additionally, working through the COVID-19 pandemic has brought some new heroes to the forefront, including first responders, medical personnel, food service providers, and the delivery workforce. Each deserves a helping of gratitude.
In reflection of our military, with May being Military Appreciation Month, I am thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can enjoy the freedoms their services affords us in this great country of ours. In the words of John F. Kennedy, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." This freedom can truly be played out today, as basic conveniences have been removed and people are battling the new daily routine or lack thereof. Freedom will always have a cost.
At Poudre Valley REA we are grateful to have veterans within our ranks, and we are proud to serve veterans and their families within our local community. In addition to providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy, we care for the veteran community.
Our actions through volunteering and sponsorship of various veteran organizations show our ongoing appreciation for those serving and have served.
Though the cost of freedom for our country has been high, history teaches us that the only thing worse than fighting for our freedom is losing one's freedom. As we move into the next chapter of our country from this pandemic and into the future, I hope we all reflect and express gratitude to those that have and continue to make sacrifices to keep us safe and protected. Reflection, now more than ever, is a time to pause, assess the past and the future, and re-align priorities as individuals, families, companies, and our country.