What comes to mind when you think of Independence Day? The first things that come to my mind are fireworks, parades, and picnics, just to name a few! After I think about all of the FUN stuff that goes along with the day, then I think about the true meaning of the holiday. The Fourth of July is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the United States’ independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
As I reflect on what America means to me and our independence, I think about the men and women of our Armed Forces and the sacrifices they make every day to defend our Freedom. These men and women possess the same “Warrior Spirit” we look for in our potential Employees. As a Recruiter for Southwest, I look for Candidates with the following attributes: a desire to work hard, an aspiration to be the best, a sense of urgency, perseverance, courage, and a passion for innovation. All of these characteristics are displayed every day by our Southwest Employees as well as the men and women of our military. So what better way to find loyal, committed, and dedicated Employees than to hire soldiers who put their lives on the line so we can spend time with our friends and family and feel safe and protected on the Fourth of July?
Please take the time to thank a soldier for defending our Freedom the next time you happen to see one of them on a Southwest flight. It will make his or her day and make you feel proud to be an American. We salute the men and women of our Armed Forces and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the sacrifices you make for our great country. Happy Fourth of July!