Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Burton Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk On Monday, May 28th, ELGA’s Wellness Team kicked off Memorial Day with the Burton Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk, which is a part three of the Burton Race Series. Gearing up for the race being held at Atherton High School, the temperature quickly began to increase as ELGA associates gathered. From the start of the race, and all the way through to the end, I saw nothing but friends and family encouraging one another to keep going as the humidity rose higher. At the end of the race we were greeted with popsicles and ice cold chocolate milk. I love having the privilege to show ELGA’s support in this race as we honor all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The final race of the Burton Race Series will be held on November 3rd for the Veteran’s Honor Run. The ELGA Wellness Team will also be participating in this race, and would love to have you join us as we honor those who are presently serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Burton Memorial Day Parade The annual Burton Memorial Day Parade is a flagship event for us here in Burton. It gives us the opportunity to work together as a team outside of the branch, and to show our community pride. This parade takes place each year along Center road on Memorial Day. Many different service groups, clubs, local community leaders, and civic organizations come out to give back to a community that has given so much. It was a hot, sunny day this year along the parade route, and as always, there were a ton of people that came out to enjoy the festivities. I had the opportunity to participate in this event last year, both in building the float and in the parade. This year I knew in advance that I wanted to be a part of this event once again. As the event grew closer I was fortunate enough to discover that it did not have an ELGA Event Champion, and I was excited to take on that role. In doing so, I got to work with many amazing people here at ELGA, who come out time and again to participate in so many great local events. I am humbled to see the effort and dedication put into this event by so many people. The greatest takeaway for me is the respect for those that give so much of their time, and of themselves, to give back in a meaningful way. When looking to create a design this year we tried to approach it very thoughtfully. We looked back at what had previously been done, and worked together to choose our theme for this year. Due to an abbreviated schedule, we started building right away. We placed an emphasis on: the community, our fallen heroes, and representing ELGA well in this outstanding community. When looking back at previous parade floats that had been built we discovered a hand-made Iwo Jima monument. We decided to proudly display this on one side of the float in remembrance of the sacrifices made for our freedom. On the other side of the float we honored our local fallen heroes, and decided to make the message the primary focus, so we cut out letters and arranged them by hand. When I saw the veterans wearing their insignias proudly, and the children playing alongside the parade route, it really put into perspective for me what the community of Burton is all about. I’m grateful for the opportunity that ELGA gives to us to be a part of it and give something back. Click HERE to view the full Burton Memorial Day 5K Run & Walk photo album, or HERE to view the full Burton Memorial Day Parade photo album. Guest Bloggers – Brooke Fliniecki, Lending Support Specialist II & Randy Todd, Burton Branch Teller.