Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. It is a time when we honor those who have died serving our country. Like most U.S. businesses, AME will be closed on Monday, and I hope that our staff and our members — whether you are in the U.S. or another country — spend some time thinking about those who defend you and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
As the proud daughter of a military veteran and someone who has a nephew currently serving in the Armed Forces, I am especially aware of those personally affected by loved ones whose lives were lost. While the focus of Memorial Day is, of course, to honor those who have given their lives to protect the United States, I want to also acknowledge those who have lost a family member or friend and those who have served alongside those who have lost their lives in service to our country.
It is fitting that AME will host our first-ever Defense and Government Lean Summit just one week after Memorial Day. The event is aimed at those who work in the military and government and their suppliers, but there will be valuable information for all participants since topics will include veterans in the workforce, cybersecurity, and how systems and people impact change. I’m also excited to hear the always-inspiring words of Col. Arthur Athens – one of our two summit keynotes – and to tour the Sierra Army Depot.
In addition to mourning those who have lost their lives while serving in the military, it is important that we also honor and recognize those who currently serve and those who have served. We expect that our Defense and Government Lean Summit will draw veterans and those currently in the Armed Forces, so we have kept the registration price low and included a $100 discount for anyone attending both the summit and our June 7 Lean Boot Camp. Plus, every summit registrant will receive $100 off their AME International Conference registration.
AME is proud to support veterans in the U.S. and other countries where AME members are found. Military veterans form the backbone of industry, and events like our upcoming summit are just one way that we can continue to provide knowledge-sharing for these selfless individuals. Supporting our veterans is one way to honor those who have paid the ultimate price.
As always, please stay safe and keep looking out for one another.