Every November 11 is observed as Veterans Day, an official United States federal holiday. On this day we collectively honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, whether during times of conflict or peace, whether overseas or at home. All 23 million of them have earned our gratitude and debt for the sacrifices they have made in order to keep our nation safe.
Here at Alacrity Services, we are proud to include a number of veterans within our ranks, including veterans from the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Each is a valued member of our team and there is no doubt that Alacrity Services is made stronger by their respective contributions to our operations and growth. More importantly, of course, are the many and often significant sacrifices each has made to preserve and protect our nation’s well-being.
Today we say thank you to the veterans at Alacrity Services and elsewhere. We urge our fellow citizens to join us by thanking the veterans in your lives—whether family members, coworkers, friends, acquaintances, or strangers—for their dedication and patriotism. Even small gestures of gratitude can go a long way.
- Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, to commemorate the armistice (“temporary cessation of hostilities”) between the Allied nations and Germany that occurred at 11 am on November 11, 1918. This armistice eventually became the end of World War I.
- The observance began in 1919 with a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson.
- In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for November 11 to be an official observance and in 1938 Armistice Day became a National Holiday.
- In 1954, following World War II, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, to extend the November 11 tribute to all veterans.
- For a brief period of time, from 1971-1977, Veterans Day was observed on the fourth Monday of October rather than November 11. While the intent was to encourage travel, recreation and cultural activities, and to stimulate industry and commerce, the change was not taken well by most people due to the historical significance of November 11, specifically, to the holiday.
For more information about Veterans Day, including information about how you can show your thanks by volunteering time or money to our veterans, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.