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Episode 907

Regardless of the war, the campaign, the conflict, the battle, the mission, you name it, they answered the call and fulfilled their duty so that we, that remain on the good Lord's Earth, can enjoy and savor and delight in the freedoms, the liberties and all the life that is worth living, that goes right along with it. But that comes with a colossal endless and timeless debt and obligation for, we must honor their sacrifice and do right by others.

-Scott Luton

Episode Summary

On this special episode of Veteran Voices, brought to you in proud partnership with Vets2Industry, Scott and Kelly reflect on the powerful history of Memorial Day and the many heroes we honor on this special day. Tune in to learn more about the history of the holiday and hear the remarkable stories of some of the extraordinary countrymen and women that we’ve lost.

Episode Transcript

Scott Luton (00:08):

Good morning, Scott Luton with you here on a special episode of veteran voices, which is being published on the supply chain. Now main channel, thanks for joining us today is Memorial day here in the United States, a somber holiday, where we honor all of those individuals that made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in service to our country. As the biblical proverb goes, there’s no greater love than one who lays down his life for his friends. On today’s episode, we’re going to be sharing a bit of history related to Memorial day and share a few stories that just might inspire you as we honor, those that have truly shown the greatest love of all two quick programming notes for you get started here. First, you can find veteran voices anywhere you get your podcast from. And second, our show is conducted in a partnership with our friends at vets to industry. You can learn a lot more about this powerful nonprofit that is serving so many folks and so many

Scott Luton (01:16):

No offense to our friends in the gift card industry, but no holidays can really lose their luster and meaning these days as we go from sale to sale commercial to commercial mean to mean all to participate in this holiday or that holiday. And, you know, don’t get me wrong. That’s all a wonderful part of this collective journey that we’re all on. And my dear wife, Amanda has truly taught me to stop and smell the roses, so to speak and be intentional and deliberate as we celebrate all the holidays in our life and in our children’s lives. But Memorial day here in the United States truly stands out and is so indelibly unique. It’s not veterans day, which focuses on thanking our veterans that have served in the military and celebrating that service. And it’s not a jut holiday as I don’t find myself wishing others to have a happy Memorial day to me.

Scott Luton (02:15):

And it’s just one person’s opinion that doesn’t strike the right tone. But to begin to understand this annual holiday, one must really go back and trace its roots a bit. The us civil war, which ended in 1865, claimed so many lives. That for the first time in this young country’s history, national cemeteries had to be created a few years after this dreadful chapter in our nation’s history Americans throughout the country began to hold tributes in the spring each year, primarily to pay respect to the hundreds of thousands of individuals that lost it all in service to the country. There are various claims as to specifically where moral day began or as it was initially called decoration day on May 30th, 1868, the first wildly observed decoration day. Then Ohio Congressman James, a Garfield would travel to Arlington national cemetery in Washington, DC already the site of some 20,000 graves in 1868, about 5,000 attendees came out to decorate the burial grounds and they would hear the future.

Scott Luton (03:30):

Us president say, quote, we do not know one promise. These men made one pledge. They gave one word they spoke, but we do know they summed up and perfected by one Supreme act, the highest virtues of men in citizens for love of country. They accepted death and thus resolved all doubts and made IOR their patriotism and their virtue. New York was the first state in 1873 to designate Memorial day as a legal holiday. And in 1966, the us federal government officially declared that Waterloo New York be deemed the birthplace of Memorial day for decades from the start Memorial day was observed on May 30th. However, in 1968, the us Congress passed a law which would make Memorial day to be the last Monday in may to ensure federal employees received a three day weekend. That law went into effect in 1971, and it also made the day a federal holiday.

Scott Luton (04:41):

There are tons of traditions, some very common and some very unique across the country that take place on Memorial day weekend. Two of our families, favorite traditions I’ll share with you. One is taking in a parade in a small town of tequila, Georgia, which has become known across the Southeast for its parade. Now in its 27th year, each year. One of the most compelling aspects of the parade in tequi is where they have scores of volunteers March with a picture of a loved one that has been lost in service to our country. And the second tradition that is a favorite of ours is the national Memorial day concert, which has been conducted for about three decades. And it aired on PBS last night. It’s a perfect blend of appropriate music and stories, including families of those brave souls that we’ve lost through countless battles, wars, campaigns, and conflicts, the replay will be available and I’ll include more info on the show notes for this episode.

Scott Luton (05:48):

It is to that end, that I’d like to share a few stories that I’ve gathered stories that share just a bit of insight into a few of the extraordinary countrymen and women that we’ve lost. First, I’ll start with Sergeant first class IWE cash who had deployed to Iraq about 16 years ago, a roadside bomb struck his Bradley fighting vehicle just after midnight. In particular, it penetrated the fuel cell of the vehicle spraying burning fuel across occupants. But despite the fact that flames had burned nearly three quarters of his own body, Sergeant cash worked tirelessly to free his trapped soldiers and in Iraqi interpreter from the vehicle. And he did so while under a barrage of gunfire from the enemy, Sergeant cash would eventually be evacuated to a hospital in Texas to treat his extensive wounds. When his sister Castel cash white visited him, the first thing he said was how are my boys tell them to fight?

Scott Luton (06:52):

They can get through this despite a strong fight and indomitable spirit Sergeant first class I one cash would pass away on November 8th, 2005, as a result of his injuries amongst those, he left behind were three grown children, including one that is following in his father’s footsteps. Private first class, Andrew Cash graduated from infantry training. Last summer. Sergeant first class Awan cash is expected to receive the nation’s highest honor. Soon as he is expected to receive the congressional medal of honor, due to his heroic selfless actions. If that does indeed happen, he’ll become the first African American recipient of the medal of honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan on February 3rd, 1943, the USS Dorchester was transporting hundreds of American soldiers across the north Atlantic. Most of the men were young and on their first mission, not far removed from basic training, a German submarine hit the Dorchester with torpedoes and the transport ship began to sink.

Scott Luton (08:03):

This took place in the middle of the night and amid all the dark chaos. All the passengers were frantically searching for life jackets in a way out of the sinking ship on board. The USS Doorchester were four chaplains all from different walks of life, but all very clear on what their mission would be. That frightful evening, the four chaplains calmed the troops and led them to evacuation points. And according to witness accounts published later, they steadfastly preached courage throughout their efforts, doing their best to provide aid and comfort. Sadly, the sinking ship did not have enough life jackets for all souls aboard. So in one final ultimate act of remarkable service and sacrifice, each of the four chaplains removed the life jacket they each were wearing and gave them to soldiers in need more than 600 men died that cold evening, including all four chaplains that laid down their lives so that others could live.

Scott Luton (09:08):

They were father John Washington from Newark, New Jersey, Reverend Clark polling from Columbus, Ohio, rabbi Alexander, good from Brooklyn, New York and Reverend George Fox from Lewistown Pennsylvania, a survivor who had witnessed the chaplains inaction later said, quote, it was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven. Army specialist, Nicole Fry was from the small town of Lena, Wisconsin. She loved to cook and she named her cat Angelica because Nicole just adored angels specialist fry was also engaged to be married. She had been deployed to Iraq for only two weeks. Went on February 16th, 2004. Her convoy was hit by roadside bomb, army specialist. Nicole Fry would sadly pass away at the young age of 19 years old. Wow. 19 years old, her favorite hymn, amazing grace will be played by her high school band at her funeral. And as the third stands of that beloved old song goes, my chains are gone.

Scott Luton (10:22):

I’ve been set free. My God, my savior has ransom to me. All of our losses don’t come in combat. Sometimes the struggles follow our military men and women home. When I reentered the United States air force in September, 2001 individual took tons of time out of his schedule to show me around and make sure I had what I needed. Jeremy Cross was quite the unique individual. He had a passion and enthusiasm for life and for serving in the air force. And goodness, did he have some stories to tell legendary stories? In fact, a lot of us, including myself, well, we we’d pick on Jeremy for his hard to believe stories. He could have written a best selling book of tall tales. For sure. It was one of the best aspects of his sense of humor, whether he knew that or not, but above it all Jeremy Cross would give you the shirt off his back to help you, even if he didn’t exactly know how I came across a story recently where a fellow airman that worked with Jeremy was struggling to pass the physical fitness test and that could get you kicked outta the service.

Scott Luton (11:33):

For sure. He says that Jeremy mentored and coached him and even worked out with him for two months, five days a week, every single afternoon, I can recall Jeremy volunteering with airmen against drunk driving to pick up our fellow airmen on weekend nights after they had had a few too many adult beverages, he was always, I mean, just always gain for volunteering his time and energy and knowhow after serving in Iraq. And we’re turning to his home station in Texas tech Sergeant Jeremy Cross would depart this life on January 28th, 2016, 36 years, young living behind a young son that I hope surely knows how kind and considerate of a man his father was. As I share some of these personal anecdotes here, I instantly think of the rose and rows of grave markers at Arlington national cemetery, which I visited for the first time, a few years back, each one of those thousands and thousands of markers has a story to tell each one represents a family grieving.

Scott Luton (12:45):

Each one represents coworkers, friends, sons, daughters, neighbors, all that have dealt or continued to deal with this enormous sense of loss and grief, permanent loss. And for what well, I would say for us, regardless of the war, the campaign, the conflict, the battle, the mission, you name it, they answered the call and fulfilled their duty so that we, that remain on the good Lord’s earth can enjoy and savor and delight in the freedoms, the liberties and all the life that is worth living, that goes right along with it. But that comes with a colossal endless and timeless debt and obligation for, we must honor their sacrifice and do right by others. We must strive to ensure that all people, all people are free and are provided opportunity as Martin Luther king Jr stated in his iconic letter from the Birmingham jail, he said, quote, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice.

Scott Luton (13:55):

Everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny, whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly in our mutual obligation is to help serve, give lead change and do deeds, not words, it’s a tremendous burden, but just one. And it’s the very least that we all can do. It’s our ultimate charge in our calling. And I hope that you’ll join me in answering that call in a meaningful action based way in Sofar, as you define it, the only way that these lives are lost in vain is if we elect not to act, protect and improve the country that they served and died for on that note, I wanna invite you to take a listen to my dear friend, Kelly Barner and her message on this Memorial day 2021.

Kelly Barner (15:03):

My name is Kelly Barner. I’m the owner and managing director of buyers meeting point and the co-host of dial P for procurement here on supply chain. Now Memorial day holds a very special place in my heart and it always has. My grandfather was a salvage diver during world war II stationed in France. He would go down into ships after they sank to recover what they could and I’ll leave the detail at that. His grave in Braintree, Massachusetts is marked with an American flag this weekend and every Memorial day and the flowers we place on his and my grandmother’s grave become so sacred just by occupying that place that we drive an hour back and an hour home to retrieve them. After Memorial day, every year, I also had a very profound experience when I was growing up on a sixth grade class field trip to Washington DC.

Kelly Barner (16:02):

I was one of four kids from my school selected to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. I knew I was lucky even then, but when I think back, I can hardly believe I had that opportunity while the rest of my classmates toward Arlington national cemetery. I drilled with sentinels from the third us infantry regimen known as the old guard, under gray skies and in a light rain, which felt so right, given the circumstances we participated in the formal wreath, laying ceremony with hundreds of our classmates, looking on the honor and emotion of that experience have never left me. All I can say is God love every family that sent someone off to war or into active service. I would go on to be a member of my high school band marching in the annual Memorial day parade in town. And to this day, I can’t hear taps played without getting chills today.

Kelly Barner (17:07):

However, my Memorial day task is different. I’m raising my three children to respect and honor the military service of those we know, and those we will never meet the job of keeping the memories of the fallen alive will never be done. Memorial day may be the unofficial start to summer, but there has to be a place in it set aside for reverence and respect. I’ll certainly be enjoying the smell of the smoker in the backyard, hopefully with a cold sangria. In my hand, listening to Lee Greenwood and the Zack brown band celebrate America. It sounds trite, but the freedoms we enjoy are definitely not free. As a procurement professional. I can tell you they were extremely expensive and they were paid for dearly by those who were lost and the loved ones that they left behind. We typically wish each other a happy Memorial day. But this year I would like to wish you a Memorial day, take time to remember hold their memories in your heart, teach your kids how much they owe to countless people. They will never meet and live a life worthy of the sacrifice they made for all of us

Scott Luton (18:32):

On behalf of our entire team here at veteran voices and supply chain. Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. And on that note, we’ll see, next time. Thanks everybody.


Scott W. Luton

Founder, CEO, & Host

Kelly Barner

Host, Dial P for Procurement

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Principal & CMO, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain Now and TECHquila Sunrise

When rapid-growth technology companies, venture capital and private equity firms are looking for advisory, they call Greg – a founder, board director, advisor and catalyst of disruptive B2B technology and supply chain. An insightful visionary, Greg guides founders, investors and leadership teams in creating breakthroughs to gain market exposure and momentum – increasing overall company esteem and valuation.

Greg is a founder himself, creating Blue Ridge Solutions, a Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in cloud-native supply chain applications, and bringing to market Curo, a field service management solution. He has also held leadership roles with Servigistics (PTC) and E3 Corporation (JDA/Blue Yonder). As a principal and host at Supply Chain Now, Greg helps guide the company’s strategic direction, hosts industry leader discussions, community livestreams, and all in addition to executive producing and hosting his original YouTube channel and podcast, TEChquila Sunrise.

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Chris Barnes

Principal, Supply Chain Now
Host of Supply Chain is Boring

Talk about world-class: Chris is one of the few professionals in the world to hold CPIM-F, CLTD-F and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS. He’s also the APICS coach – and our resident Supply Chain Doctor. When he’s not hosting programs with Supply Chain Now, he’s sharing supply chain knowledge on the APICS Coach Youtube channel or serving as a professional education instructor for the Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistic Institute’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) program and University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Center for Professional Education courses.

Chris earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA with emphasis in Industrial Psychology from the University of West Florida, and is a Doctoral in Supply Chain Management candidate.

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Tyler Ward

Director of Sales

Tyler Ward serves as Supply Chain Now's Director of Sales. Born and raised in Mid-Atlantic, Tyler is a proud graduate of Shippensburg University where he earned his degree in Communications. After college, he made his way to the beautiful state of Oregon, where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

With over a decade of experience in sales, Tyler has a proven track record of exceeding targets and leading high-performing teams. He credits his success to his ability to communicate effectively with customers and team members alike, as well as his strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.

When he's not closing deals, you can find Tyler on the links or cheering on his favorite football and basketball teams. He also enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up basketball, and traveling back to Ocean City, Maryland, his favorite place!

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Kevin L. Jackson

Host of Digital Transformers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog.  He has also been recognized as a “Top 5G Influencer” (Onalytica 2019, Radar 2020), a “Top 50 Global Digital Transformation Thought Leader” (Thinkers 360 2019) and provides strategic consulting and integrated social media services to AT&T, Intel, Broadcom, Ericsson and other leading companies. Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and SAIC (Engility) Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community.  Kevin’s formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include CiscoMicrosoft, Citrix and IBM.  Books include “Click to Transform” (Leaders Press, 2020), “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018), and “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016). He also delivers online training through Tulane UniversityO’Reilly MediaLinkedIn Learning, and Pluralsight.  Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems EngineeringCarrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

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Enrique Alvarez

Host of Logistics with Purpose and Supply Chain Now en Español

Enrique serves as Managing Director at Vector Global Logistics and believes we all have a personal responsibility to change the world. He is hard working, relationship minded and pro-active. Enrique trusts that the key to logistics is having a good and responsible team that truly partners with the clients and does whatever is necessary to see them succeed. He is a proud sponsor of Vector’s unique results-based work environment and before venturing into logistics he worked for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). During his time at BCG, he worked in different industries such as Telecommunications, Energy, Industrial Goods, Building Materials, and Private Banking. His main focus was always on the operations, sales, and supply chain processes, with case focus on, logistics, growth strategy, and cost reduction. Prior to joining BCG, Enrique worked for Grupo Vitro, a Mexican glass manufacturer, for five years holding different positions from sales and logistics manager to supply chain project leader in charge of five warehouses in Colombia.

He has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a BS, in Mechanical Engineer from the Technologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Enrique’s passions are soccer and the ocean, and he also enjoys traveling, getting to know new people, and spending time with his wife and two kids, Emma and Enrique.

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Kelly Barner

Host of Dial P for Procurement

Kelly is the Owner and Managing Director of Buyers Meeting Point and MyPurchasingCenter. She has been in procurement since 2003, starting as a practitioner and then as the Associate Director of Consulting at Emptoris. She has covered procurement news, events, publications, solutions, trends, and relevant economics at Buyers Meeting Point since 2009. Kelly is also the General Manager at Art of Procurement and Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business. Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and she has co-authored three books: ‘Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals’, ‘Procurement at a Crossroads’, and ‘Finance Unleashed’.

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Constantine Limberakis


Constantine Limberakis is a thought leader in the area of procurement and supply management. He has over 20 years of international experience, playing strategic roles in a wide spectrum of organizations related to analyst advisory, consulting, product marketing, product development, and market research.Throughout his career, he's been passionate about engaging global business leaders and the broader analyst and technology community with strategic content, speaking engagements, podcasts, research, webinars, and industry articles.Constantine holds a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA in Finance & Marketing / Masters in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Amanda Luton

Vice President, Production

Amanda is a production and marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience across a variety of industries and organizations including Von Maur, Anthropologie, AmericasMart Atlanta, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Amanda currently manages, produces, and develops modern digital content for Supply Chain Now and their clients. Amanda has previously served as the VP of Information Systems and Webmaster on the Board of Directors for APICS Savannah, and founded and managed her own successful digital marketing firm, Magnolia Marketing Group. When she’s not leading the Supply Chain Now production team, you can find Amanda in the kitchen, reading, listening to podcasts, or enjoying time with family.

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Clay Phillips

Business Development Manager

Clay is passionate about two things: supply chain and the marketing that goes into it. Recently graduated with a degree in marketing at the University of Georgia, Clay got his start as a journalism major and inaugural member of the Owl’s football team at Kennesaw State University – but quickly saw tremendous opportunity in the Terry College of Business. He’s already putting his education to great use at Supply Chain Now, assisting with everything from sales and brand strategy to media production. Clay has contributed to initiatives such as our leap into video production, the guest blog series, and boosting social media presence, and after nearly two years in Supply Chain Now’s Marketing Department, Clay now heads up partnership and sales initiatives with the help of the rest of the Supply Chain Now sales team.

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Trisha Cordes

Administrative Assistant

Trisha is new to the supply chain industry – but not to podcasting. She’s an experienced podcast manager and virtual assistant who also happens to have 20 years of experience as an elementary school teacher. It’s safe to say, she’s passionate about helping people, and she lives out that passion every day with the Supply Chain Now team, contributing to scheduling and podcast production.

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Chantel King

Social Media Manager

My name is Chantel King and I am the Social Media Specialist at Supply Chain Now. My job is to make sure our audience is engaged and educated on the abundant amount of information the supply chain industry has to offer.

Social Media and Communications has been my niche ever since I graduated from college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco. No, I am not a West Coast girl. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but my travel experience goes way beyond the garden state. My true passion is in creating editorial and graphic content that influences others to be great in whatever industry they are in. I’ve done this by working with lifestyle, financial, and editorial companies by providing resources to enhance their businesses.

Another passion of mine is trying new things. Whether it’s food, an activity, or a sport. I would like to say that I am an adventurous Taurus that never shies away from a new quest or challenge.

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Lori Sofian

Marketing Coordinator

Lori is currently completing a degree in marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at the University of Georgia. When she’s not supporting the marketing efforts at Supply Chain Now, you can find her at music festivals – or working toward her dream goal of a fashion career. Lori is involved in many extracurricular activities and appreciates all the learning experiences UGA has brought her.

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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