May 24, 2013

Memorializing Those Who Have Gone Before Us

Monday, May 27, marks the 2013 observation of Memorial Day in America. It is a day of a celebration and one that is often observed and recognized in phrases such as “Never forget” and “Always remember.” And while the latter may be clichés they are so for good reason.

As the term “memorial” and its Latin root “memoria” convey, remembrance is part of our nature as human beings. It is part of who we are to remember, as much as we can, those who came before us. As defenders and proponents of a society where everyone has an equal opportunity, Memorial Day is a particularly important holiday at Northwood.

True to its origins, it is an opportunity first and foremost for us to remember and thank those members of the U.S. armed forces who secured our freedoms by giving their lives. As one of the nation’s few Military Friendly Schools®, we take special pride in our decades-old relationship with the branches of our United States military, and we salute all those who served, but especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Following the evolution of the holiday, Memorial Day is also a day to celebrate those who shaped and formed our lives in some way and have passed on to the next world. Here at Northwood that includes a long and growing list of executive and departmental leaders, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters, and friends—everyone from our Founders to those to whom we only recently said “goodbye.”

We are much better off today—globally, in America, and here at Northwood—because of those who have gone before us. Let’s make certain to keep the spirit of Memorial Day alive by celebrating our predecessors and their contributions.

Enjoy the holiday weekend.


Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
President and CEO
Northwood University
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640