by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published May 2019
On the last Monday of May (May 27), the nation will stop to observe Memorial Day. John A. Logan, founder of Decoration Day which would later be renamed Memorial Day, remarked, “Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic.” He shared these words not long after the Republic saw at least 620,000 (360,222 in the Union) men die in the Civil War. According to the website www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts, America lost 405,399 soldiers in World War II, 116,516 in World War I, 58,209 in Vietnam, 36,516 in Korea, and 6,626 in Iraq and Afghanistan—there are additional wars and soldiers killed listed on the site.
Regardless of one’s politics or views on whether the U.S. should or should not have been involved in these wars, there is no denying that the soldiers killed gave their lives for the preservation of the Republic (Union soldiers in the Civil War) and a way of life—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—in the other wars. This Memorial Day let’s honor these soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice and let us not forget to pass this honorable tradition on to our children and grandchildren.
As for the articles in this issue of Cleaner Times, Terri Perrin continues to write regional profiles on the Canadian provinces with Quebec being the third province profiled. This article can be read on page 6.
Don’t fail to read the company profile of Hydro-Chem Systems on page 14 written by Kathy Danforth. One of the interesting facts is that as of April 2002, Hydro-Chem became 100 percent employee-owned.
Diane Calabrese provides a great money-making opportunity in the article “Selling Water Treatment Systems” on page 26. She also emphasizes operational safety and proper protection for pressure washing and waterjetting operators in the articles “Everyone Has Responsibility” on page 32 and “How to Establish a Hazmat Program” on page 38.
Finally, mark your calendars for the CETA and PWNA Regional Meeting to be held June 25 and 26 in Reno, NV. To find out more and to make reservations, you can turn to page 22 or visit the websites at www.ceta.org or www.pwna.org.