Always a solemn occasion, this year’s Memorial Day carries added poignancy – a note from Andy Sieg, President of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
Always a solemn occasion, this year’s Memorial Day carries added poignancy. We are approaching 20 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Thousands of U.S. military personnel have died since then in service to the nation. The number killed are a fraction of the estimated 1.1 million U.S. servicemen and women lost in wars dating back to the American Revolution. But to the families individually touched by each death – fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters – their lives have been forever changed.
The past 14 months have been daunting for all of us. Many have lost or know someone who’s lost a loved one in the pandemic. First responders, like our troops, have rushed to the front lines of the crisis and in too many cases sacrificed their own lives.
I’d like to think that the reopening of society – our public spaces, workplaces, gathering spots and communal endeavors – can morph into a permanent respite from the global health crisis, and portends a period of healing for the people of our nation.
At Merrill, we’re looking forward to the day when all of us can be together again – with each other and especially with our clients. I’m proud of the way our company has adapted to pandemic conditions and amazed by how our clients have risen to the challenges as well. We managed to stay in touch, to care for each other at tough moments, to strengthen the bonds of trust in our relationships.
I know I speak for my colleagues in saying to our clients: Thank you.
We stuck with you – and you stuck with us.
And we’re all better off for it.
So let us with solemnity and hope reflect on the meaning of this Memorial Day – never forgetting those service members who died to protect our freedoms and give us hope of a better day ahead. Let us pray as well for the safety of all of our military forces serving around the world.
And as we enjoy the weekend with families and friends – let us also remember those lost to the coronavirus, including our first responders. Let us pray for the health and safety of everyone in the nation. And let us resolve to come together to rebuild, recover and reconcile any differences so that the United States remains a land of gratitude and hope for all.
If we can do that – and I know we can – the best is yet to come.
President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
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