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November brings two very important American holidays - Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

November brings two very important American holidays - Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

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  • 1. 11 November 2013 Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Safety Awareness 1. November brings two very important American holidays - Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. On Veterans Day, we honor those men and women who selflessly serve our Country around the world and help defend our freedom. On Thanksgiving, we remember and celebrate our Nation's countless blessings. During these holidays, I encourage each member of our Eighth Army team to take advantage of the many Korean cultural and outdoor activities with family and friends . 2. Before the start of these long holiday weekends, I also encourage leaders at every level to talk to your Soldiers, civilians and contractors about their responsible personal conduct and how important it is to properly represent Eighth Army. By making the right decisions in our individual lives and holding ourselves and our subordinates accountable, we are making our teams and Eighth Army stronger. 3. The decisions we make in our travel planning can also make us stronger. Making the right decisions in travel starts with planning well in advance and participating in the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS) . The TRiPs program is an excellent risk management tool for all Soldiers, civilians and their supervisors and is available at https://trips.safety.army.mil/ako auth/TRIPS/default.aspx. 4. As we reflect on the significance of these two holidays to our Nation, we also recognize the significance of sacrifice by generations of Eighth Army Soldiers and civilians who served faithfully and honorably over the last 60 years. We are all responsible to uphold the reputation and honor they forged in both conflict and armistice. Are we physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually strong enough to accomplish what prior generations have accomplished? Are we prepared to preserve their legacy through our individual actions and accountability? Are we willing to make decisions that make us individually and collectively stronger? As we enter this special time of year, I am confident your actions will be a resounding yes. Be safe and be strong! Eighth Army is strong ... and getting stronger! Lieutenant General , USA Commanding