From all of us here at Mercantile Capital Corporation, I just want to wish you a very pleasant Memorial Day this coming Monday, May 25th. We hope you’ll spend some quality time with your loved ones on that day, and remember and honor our fallen soldiers, for the sacrifices they made to help create and defend our Great Nation.
While American “exceptionalism” is under attack in some quarters, we at Mercantile firmly believe that America is indeed a “special” place, for us and for the world. And our motivation to help America’s small business owners and entrepreneurs stems directly from our deep desire to assist this backbone of the American economy: those business owners and entrepreneurs yearning to create their own destinies. We are fully cognizant, however, that none of this would be possible were it not for our brave military personnel protecting our freedoms and way of life . . . and it is why charities supporting veterans’ causes have always taken precedent around Mercantile when we give back.
Earlier this week, my daughter’s 1st grade class did a presentation on the Statue of Liberty, including a recitation of a poem from Myra Cohn Livingston in response to the poem, “The New Colossus,” by Emma Lazarus which appears on a plaque at the base of the statue. It reads:
“Give me your tired, your poor, she says,
Those yearning to be free.
Take a light from my burning torch,
The light of Liberty.
Give me your huddled masses
Lost on another shore,
Tempest-tossed and weary,
These I take and more.
Give me your thirsty, your hungry
Who come from another place.
You who would dream of freedom
Look into my face.”
The most profound words in the above poem, to me at least, are those in the last sentence. I reread them every time. One of our newest hires (Yelena Sulyagina) just got her citizenship earlier this week, and we all celebrated it with her. It was really our honor. Two other employees on our team are not natural-born citizens, but also chose to become citizens. By the grace of God, I am an American, and that means something profound to me . . . hopefully for you, too. Despite the world-wide turbulence of the past 18 months, America is still a beacon of liberty and hope and greatness in a not always kind world.
I hope you’ll join me this Memorial Day in remembering what America represents and all our fallen heroes that strived ever-valiantly to create and to preserve it. And if you happen to know someone currently serving in the military or retired from service, please do what I ask my children to do when they see someone in uniform: thank them sincerely from all of us. To be forgotten would be the greatest casualty.
Make Your Memorial Day a Memorable One!