Join Oracle’s veterans in saluting Memorial Day

May 26, 2021 | 2 minute read
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This Memorial Day, the Oracle veteran community has a simple request. As you’re grilling burgers, stuck in beach traffic, or hitting the sales at your favorite stores, remember to take a few moments with friends or loved ones to talk about the holiday’s real meaning.

“It’s important to remember what Memorial Day is really all about,” says Chris Spencer, director of support services and cochair of MAVEN, Oracle’s Military Affiliated Veteran Employee Network. “It’s the day we remember the fallen, those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Let your kids know why we celebrate and reach out to friends or family who may have been affected by the loss of a service member. Make it a teaching moment.”

A full slate of events

To recognize Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month, MAVEN has sponsored a host of activities in May, starting with an online discussion of military spouse wellness, held in conjunction with PsychArmor, a nonprofit offering support and resources to veterans. On the lighter side, the next event was a music celebration complete with a DJ and trivia contest.

Earlier this month, MAVEN invited Vietnam Veteran Mike Brown, author of the book Missile!Missile!Missile! to discuss his military experiences—which included landing a helicopter after a rocket tore off most of its tail—and the tradition of service and sacrifice that Memorial Day honors. The group also sponsored a 21-Mile Salute, a nod to the traditional 21-gun salute. Participants covered 21 miles, or as many as they could, by walking, running, swimming, or rucking (walking with a weighted backpack) and posted pics to remember the cause.

As we approach Memorial Day, there’s a roundtable discussion on making MAVEN more effective as an advocate in business and veteran circles, including its focus on veteran recruitment, mentorship, and community engagement. With more than 670 people on its humming Slack channel, MAVEN is open not only to veterans, but also their spouses, family members, allies, and anyone else with an interest in supporting military-veteran–affiliated activities.

“We’re working to drive culture and make the most of our diverse veteran talent,” Spencer says. It’s a mission that keeps the group motivated all year round.

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Illustration: Wes Rowell

Mark Jackley

Mark Jackley is an Oracle digital content specialist.


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