“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
JOHN F. KENNEDY
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”
Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services is a national leading exhibit services and exhibition management company. In 2018, we entered our fourth decade in business.
When Willwork launched, in 1987, our sole service was exhibit installation & dismantle, and for the first few years we were in business, we rarely worked outside of Southern New England, with Boston the location of about 80 percent of all our jobs.
Today, Willwork works in cities, towns, villages, and hamlets across America. We also handle, on occasion, international assignments. Willwork maintains offices in major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.
Our client list includes among the largest and most successful multinational corporations, and also small, recently started companies, which you may not heard of … but you will.
In this space, we often publish posts that tie our business to historic events, and short-term and long-term historic legacies. Maybe this has something to do in that Will Nixon, President of Willwork, is a former high school history and social studies teacher.
Memorial Day is an annual national day of observance and for honoring those who died in defense of our republic while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Memorial Day is a day of reflection; it is a day of remembering history.
Among the information to be learned from the story is that the origins of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War, a conflict so deadly and so costly and so terrible that a consequence of which was the creation and establishment of America’s first national cemeteries.
Willwork notes, here, on the occasion of Memorial Day, a historic and notable connection our company holds to the Civil War and martial sacrifice.
Willwork’s corporate headquarters are in South Easton, MA, which is a section of the incorporated town of Easton (Incorporated 1725), which about 25 miles south of Boston, about halfway between Boston and Providence.
Men from Easton were in the first regiment from the Union that stepped on to Confederate soil in the Civil War. Responding to the call to save the Union were 277 men from Easton, 47 of whom perished in the conflict.
Of course, it was in Boston, and the nearby communities of Concord and Lexington, where Americans first started to die to establish the United States of America. Men from Easton – a town, again, incorporated 50 years prior to the start of the Revolutionary War – fought for independence.
Last year, for Memorial Day, on this blog, Willwork honored the sacrifice of American founding patriots, and also described an epic and extraordinary feat of logistics performed by General George Washington’s soldiers – a feat of logistics which forced the British army, in March of 1776, to evacuate Boston. This evacuation was a tremendous strategic and moral victory for a nation ascendant.
Clicking here will take you to the 2017 Memorial Day post.
Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services and its employees, and its contract workers, are immensely fortunate to live and work in a land that is imperfect and flawed – and which is far and away, of all nations, the greatest provider of opportunity and protector of freedom.
President Abraham Lincoln was thoroughly correct when he wrote of the United States of America that it was “the last best hope of earth.”
Willwork recognizes that integral and fundamental to “the last best hope of earth” is the framework of the constitutional republic that was founded in 1776. Freedom and liberty that our constitutional republic – this nation of laws – protects includes the political and economic system of capitalism, the private ownership and means of production, which draws people from all parts of the world to our shores to chase and work for their own American Dream.
And across America, from shore to shore, from sea to sea, across all 50 of these states united … and in places far, far from our home … are found the memorials to and final resting places of those – and here we invoke again words of Abraham Lincoln, words found in the sacred text he delivered at Gettysburg – who “gave the last full measure of devotion” so that America “might live.”
Willwork hopes for all a happy and safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend.
For all those who have served or are serving in our armed forces, Willwork says thank you. We know that for you Memorial Day is necessarily and especially solemn and holds a meaning that the protected cannot know.
But the protected can show respect. At the very least the protected can show respect.
We can embrace and hold on to and be guided by and act on what General Colin Powell told us and expressed in the following excerpt from his address on stage at the 2013 Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C.:
“It’s easy to celebrate the brave men and women of our armed forces and appreciate their sacrifice on Memorial Day and then return to our daily lives. Let us practice the lesson of the Good Samaritan. To not pass by on the other side of those in need. But to reach out a helping hand, as true neighbors. We can all do something. Volunteer to welcome our vets and their families back into the community. Encourage employers to hire veterans. Get involved with your local veterans organizations. Simply listen to their stories. These men and women are our heroes who stood tall for us in every dangerous part of the world. They have kept us safe. So keep them and their families in your hearts and minds – and find tangible ways to help and honor them, always.”
Yes, as General Powell advised, “We can all do something.”
(Willwork is fortunate and benefits from the contributions of employees who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces. In fact, Will Nixon is World War II-era veteran who served with the U.S. Army.)
Please click here to be taken to the audio-video clip of General Powell’s full speech at the 2013 Memorial Day Concert.
Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services earnestly and fervently hopes … and earnestly and fervently calls for … that all Americans always remember that the freedoms and liberties we enjoy, and from which we benefit, while they are the birthright of all humanity, they are also protected and secured and safeguarded by the expenditure of the most extraordinary love and giving and sacrifice.
And if we, America, hope to remain free and live in liberty, we need to be a nation of people who live in a way, to build and live lives, that honor and thank those who gave all for the nation.
We need to live this way, and build and live those lives, not just on Memorial Day, but every day.