Memorial Day 2014

On Memorial Day, a grateful national takes time to recognize the men and women of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The day has particular meaning in our firm. Not only do we have numerous members and staff who have worn our country’s uniform, but our founder, Newton D. Baker, served as Secretary of War during one of the world’s most brutal conflicts. At the 1924 Democratic National Convention, Newton Baker recounted his visits to the battlefield:

On fields of Europe I closed the eyes of soldiers in American uniforms who were dying . . . and oh, they were so superb and splendid: never a complaint; never a regret; willing to go if only two things might be: One, that [loved ones] know they died bravely, and the other, that somebody would pick up their sacrifice and build on earth a permanent temple of peace.

New York Times: “Mr. Baker’s Speech,” June 30, 1924, accessed February 2, 2011.

Our founder was acutely aware of the dedication, commitment, and sacrifices made by the men and women in our military. As we all go about our day today, let us take time to remember those brave men and women and never forget the sacrifices they made for our country.