Veterans Day offers Americans the opportunity to commemorate the sacrifice and bravery of all the veterans in the U.S. With Veterans Day approaching, many people are unaware about its significance. So, let’s find out what this day is all about and why these people should be respected in our society.
History Behind the Veterans Day
Do you know that over 400,000 U.S. troops lost their lives in the first World War I?
The Treaty of Versailles marked an official end to World War I on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting stopped around seven months before when Germany and its Allies agreed on an armistice on November 11, 1918. This is why this date had been recognized as the Armistice Day that served as the end of “the war to end all wars”. Congress recognized it in 1926 and by 1938, it became an official day to honor the Word War I veterans.
However, soon after other wars followed: in particular, WWII and the Korean War. Alvin King, a shoe salesman from Kansas, opined that Armistice Day was limiting. King had lost his family in WWII and believed that all U.S. veterans deserved to be honored on November 11th. For that reason, he formed a committee and his city began celebrating Veterans Day in Emporia, Kansas.
King’s idea gained traction throughout the country, which was especially liked by President Eisenhower. On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the commemoration and replaced the word “armistice” with “veterans”.
Since then Veterans Day has been used to thank and honor all military personnel who served in a war. Church services are held and parades are organized to recognize them. Some schools are closed as well and a period of silence engulfs the entire country at 11 am.
Why Hire Veterans for Your Home?
“I invest in veterans not to do them a favor; they are actually doing me a favor, because the qualities they bring to the workforce are invaluable.” — Roger Staubach, JLL Americas, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback and Veteran
If you are looking to enhance your home exterior, deal with an issue in your crawlspace, or work on your home’s energy efficiency, then it’s a good idea to hire veterans for making improvements. Here is why they are a cut above the rest.
- Veterans take their responsibilities seriously. They have passed through trials that aren’t possible for most people, which ensures that they are more committed than the Average Joe to work on your repairs.
- Veterans have an honest mentality. They will openly tell you if something is wrong in your home. This is why it is ideal to hire veterans if you don’t have much knowledge about home construction and fear getting ripped off by an inexperienced plumber.
- Members of the military have terrific problem-solving and decision-making skills. They are taught to react quickly and accurately, adapting to high-pressure and dynamic situations. This makes them perfect for detecting and resolving issues in your home.
- Military personnel know the essence of hard work. During deployment, they work single day — no weekends, holidays, or birthday. Hence, hiring them can give you a peace of mind.