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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!


  1. C.K. Lawonn says:

    That was really nice of you to share this story. Memorial Day has a profound meaning in my family, as I lost my father in the Vietnam War.

    Be well and have a safe and wonderful holiday with your familiy.

  2. Gerald Lee says:

    Thank you Chris for the inspiration.

  3. Arielle Tate says:


  4. Fevin Reyes says:

    Good morning Chris,

    Great message and the sincerity is strong…

    God bless our Great Nation.

  5. Jerry Alexander says:

    Back at u!

  6. Warren Creighton says:

    Thanks for taking the time to reflect on these values and for exhorting others to do the same. There is a book that has been often overlooked by a Presb. pastor named ” Peter Marshall” that underscores our heritage:; ” The Light and The Glory”. If you get a chance, the reading will bless you. The book is both historically accurate ( most of the history taken directly from the founding fathers own manuscripts ) as well as inspirational.

    The Lord Bless you

  7. Matt Gillio says:

    Your a great American, Lets get together very soon.

  8. Jim Jacob says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful e mail. Have an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

  9. Darien Hill says:

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day Chris….

    Thank you for sharing that wonderful poem.

    May god continue to bless you and your family.

    To your success,


  10. Donna Loader says:

    Well said, thank you for sharing these thoughts.

  11. Jim Markle says:

    Thank you for the comments. Your words are really heartfelt and meaningful

  12. Janet Sparks says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me this Memorial Day holiday. It is truly a time to remember those who died defending our great country. It’s funny; I was trying to remember that famous poem a few days ago and meant to look it up.

    In spite of all that has transpired recently, we do have so much to be thankful for. God bless you, your family and staff.

    Happy Memorial Day!

  13. LINDA BEATON says:

    I loved your post, it was so heart warming and real.

  14. Glenn Baker says:

    Bravo, and a good Memorial Day weekend to you. Please drive safely.

  15. Braudis Pegram says:

    Chris, I wish the same for you. As a Vietnam veteran, my companion being a Russian immigrant, your sentiments echo mine. Thanks.

  16. Philip Cornett says:

    Very nicely done. Thanks for that.

  17. Joe Duvall says:

    Thank you for you honoring the sacrifices and lives of soldiers this Memorial Day.

    Joe Duvall
    Hornet 31
    116th Assault Helicopter Company ’68-’69
    Vietnam Veteran

  18. Jack Ryals says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful email. It is nice to take time to remember what you believe is important and share with others.

  19. Dave Ryan says:

    I share your feeling for this “special week end” so many people see this as just a long week end.
    Our family has fought & died in every war dating back to the Civil War with the First Minnesota fought at Gettysburg.

    We share that with thousands of other family’s in this land.

    I have attached some thing here I did a few years back ….the words where written 2 years before the Civil War …as the storm was heating up…….but most fitting for all time….and for those who step up to “Stand the Watch.

  20. Geof Longstaff says:

    Nicely done.

  21. STUART SORG JR says:

    Chris I was greatly impressed with your post – maybe we should talk sometime

    Stuart Sorg
    Captain SEal
    Ret. US Navy

  22. El Vaughn Williams says:

    Thank you…i hope we can develop a mutually beneficial working relationship as well…
    God Bless You..

  23. Aileen Gozzola Sandstedt says:

    Thanks for sharing below. Freedom has never been and never will be for….FREE.

    We are thankful to those with gave and continue to give us our freedom.

  24. Ann Hutchens says:

    Thanks for the excellent message. This poem has been translated into an anthem and is one of my favorites; when I sing it my spirit soars. Good or Emma’s teacher and Emma!

  25. David Erb says:

    Very nice. Thanks!

  26. Eliane Turner says:

    Very interesting. It is difficult to find these days people who actually care about others like you do, no wonder why you are so successful with Mercantile and your barber shop.
    Have a nice Memorial day too.

  27. Tom Hicks says:

    Thanks Chris and good weekend also. Enjoyed your poem below and your thoughts regarding our military and its protection of our population and values…yes the American spirit exists albeit now tempered by a socialist moving government that seeks to allocate income, capital and inject government management in “critical” industries. One only need look at the US Postal Service to assess the ability and quality of government’s management performance.

    Best regards, Tom

  28. Maureen Walker says:

    Dear Chris:

    Your daughter’s first grade class presentation on “The New Colossus” is very substantive and a lesson for us all.

    My father was a WWII hero, humble with many metals for heroic achievement and saving many lives in the front lines in Italy.

    His name is etched on NY memorial’s as Joseph T. McGuire with all of his medals and honors.
    I remember in my heart him this Memorial Day as well as all of hero’s and our fallen soldiers.

    We are so blessed to live in this Great Nation with beautiful people like you!

    Kind Regards,

    One other saying I like from Warren Buffet that could apply to our economic stance also “we are out of the quicksand only now we are wet, cold and covered in dirt”

  29. Jim Rogers says:

    Well said, dittos.

  30. Ginger Price says:

    Thanks for sharing this with me, I “ditto” everything you said. I’ll be forwarding this my team at IMSC. Hope you and yours have a happy blessed memorial day.

  31. Marianne Laudati says:

    Beautifully said. You are a Patriot.

  32. CONNIE GABRIEL says:

    Yes, I believe this country should stand up for all our military men and women; Dead or alive!

    Thank God for our Freedom.

  33. Wilma Williams says:

    Thank u

  34. Paresh Desai says:

    Thank you for your email and the inspiration it provides to all of us. We have just been pre-approved for a loan from your company through Natasha’s help. Whilst we have yet to accept, I hope we are able to confirm our acceptance in the not too distant future. Keep up the wonderful spirit with which you go about your life.

  35. Basile Daskalakis says:

    Likewise to all of you Chris!

  36. Leo Convery says:

    Very nice letter-

  37. Karl Zeuch says:

    I would be interested to know the name of the poem from Myra Cohn Livingston, so that I could look it up and read it.

  38. Daniel Blanchette says:

    I hope you’ll spent quality time with your loved ones also on such a special day as Memorial Day!

  39. Stuart Petree says:

    Thanks Christopher….this was a good message to share and we at Capital Resources appreciate it very much.

    And thanks too for keeping us informed. Things are extremely slow here but you and Mercantile Capital will not be forgotten when business picks up.

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