Presidents' Day Holiday Safety Message
February 14, 2014
On 17 February 2014, we will recognize the federal holiday honoring President George
Washington's Birthday. In recent years, the holiday evolved and is recognized as
"Presidents' Day,'' honoring Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as well
as other Presidents who have served our great Nation.
Like Independence Day, Presidents' Day is a time of patriotic celebration, and a time to
remember and honor the 44 Americans who had the honor, and privilege, to lead our great
nation. This should also be a particularly significant day for men and women of the Armed
Forces for the President is also our Commander-in-Chief. Many of our children have spent
the past few days learning about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus
on the lives of Presidents Washington and Lincoln. I encourage you to join them in this
endeavor and to please take time this weekend to reflect, honor and celebrate these great
As with our other holidays, safety should always be at the forefront, especially when
planning activities. If heading out of town during this time of year, particularly with the type
of weather we've had in recent weeks, share with someone your destination, route, and
expected arrival time. This information becomes essential in the event of car trouble and
assistance is needed. When traveling to places where winter weather can be somewhat
severe, ensure your vehicle is winterized and an emergency kit prepared. A weatherrelated
driving emergency is much greater in winter than in any other season. Remember
to plan your holiday weekend activities with an eye toward minimizing hazards and risks.
Use your seat belts and insist that your passengers use them. I want each of you to return
to work rested, renewed, and ready to support AMC and the Warfighter.
Each of you is a valued member of the AMC team. Thank you for all of your hard work
and dedication. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
AMC SAFE IS ARMY STRONG!
DENNIS L. VIA