Have you ever experienced a historic moment? Maybe it was 911, or when Princess Dianna died. How about when we landed a man on the moon? Do you remember where you were and what you were doing?
During my life, I have experienced several landmark events. As a child, my mother took us to see the train transporting President John F. Kennedy’s body. I remember as the train approached, men removed their hats, and people were crying.
The night Martin Luther King was assassinated, I was at school for an event. When the announcement was made, people were in shock. Then, everyone stopped, and the auditorium was silent.
Historical events are not always tragic or sad events. For example, where were you when the U.S. hockey team defeated Russia to win the Gold medal? How about the debut of the first iPhone?
When significant events happen, they leave a lasting impression on us. We can remember what we were doing, eating, and wearing depending on the event’s significance. For example, the day the Columbia space shuttle exploded, I was standing in line with my son, who was going to take his driver’s license test.
Recently the world experienced another significant event, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. While you may not be a royal watcher, I am sure you recognize her name. Queen Elizabeth was the longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.
The Queen served for over 70 years. She ascended to the throne at 25 after her father’s passing. During her reign, the world experienced significant changes; however, the Queen was steadfast in her commitment to God and duty. As a result of her actions, she was able to modernize the monarchy.
My admiration of Queen Elizabeth began in my history class. As a female leader, I was intrigued by her ability to lead a country and be a wife and mother. The more I learned about her, the more I was drawn to her as a role model and mentor.
In addition to being a world leader, she was a fashion icon. As the most photographed woman in the world, she always stayed true to herself. The Queen was my inspiration for wearing broaches.
Reflecting on her legacy, I believe the Queen will be remembered for the grace, compassion, strength, leadership, and commitment to service she modeled daily. For more than 70 years, the Queen placed duty and service at the center of her life.
“When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”-Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen understood her purpose, and her values were aligned with her purpose. Furthermore, as a senior statesman, the Queen was a worldwide symbol.
While we will miss her infectious smile, her courage, commitment to duty, and love of country will continue to serve as leadership traits we should all embrace.
What leadership legacy will you leave?
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