Last Thursday marked our third annual Day of Remembrance ceremony. After the first one -- on the anniversary of Clifton Scott's death -- the state decided this was something we wanted to do every year, come together to remember those who are no longer with us.
This year, Kansas City changed the way we conducted this event. We wanted to make sure we held a moment of silence with as many employees as possible, so we hosted five separate memorial services. We picked four central locations in the field and invited as many employees as possible to attend the event. The final ceremony began at 131 -- to honor all of our 131fallen coworkers -- at the district office.
We are grateful that we have not added another name to this memorial since 2012, when we lost Clifton . But that isn’t good enough.
We challenged employees at every event that day to
make a personal commitment to do e
berthing in our power to make sure no other employee is lost.
We must focus on safety at all times, in everything we do. And we must dedicate ourselves – every single day – to doing whatever it takes so we, our coworkers and our customers make it home safely.
Before we left these solemn events, we handed out orange ribbons to everyone to wear as a reminder of the importance of the sacrifice these people made for our organization and as a symbol that we will never forget them.
Check out photos from all the Day of Remembrance events around the district online. (internal link)