It’s Memorial Day — a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the military.

There will be parades, tributes to the fallen, and other forms of acknowledgment that unfortunately will fade once the holiday is over. In the Boston area, they have found a more lasting way to recognize those who have served and fallen in the line of duty: permanent plaques on many of their street corners. The posts include the name in raised lettering and a red, white, and blue wreath with color that draws your attention to the sign which hangs year-round. You can’t help but notice them.

As you attempt to create a recognition program for those who have left a legacy in your organization, consider something more lasting than just a going-away party. Those special few you are appreciating are an important part of your organization’s story. Tributes shouldn’t be fleeting.

In Jamaica Plain, MA

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