May 5, 2011

Public Service Recognition Week

WHETHER AT the federal, state, county or local level, public employees throughout the national provide essential services, solve and prevent serious problems, help ensure our safety and advance the common good. During Public Services Recognition Week, the first week of May (May 1-7), we hope you will join our effort to honor public servants at all levels of government for the work they do to make our country a better place.

Fifty years ago, in his state of the union address, President John F. Kennedy declared, "Let the public service be a proud and lively career. And let every man and woman who works in any area of our national government, in any branch, at any level, be able to say with pride and with honor in future years: 'I served the United States Government in that hour of our nation's nee.'"

We believe public service is, as Kennedy envisioned, a noble calling and we are grateful to all those who serve.

What can you do to celebrate public servants in your community during this important week?

You could:

1. Send an email to public servants you know.

2. Prepare a short, vignette story about an outstanding employee and post it to the web.

3. Write a letter to the editor or op-ed piece for your local newspaper.

4. Ask a public servant to speak at your service club.

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