We here at PrintMyThing & PrintMyRibbon wanted to take some time out of our normal schedule of things to remember and honor our U.S. Armed Forces Veterans. Many reading this article have served in the military, as have a number of our own employees. On behalf of all of us, we say: Thank you! In this article we’ll recognize our team members that served, and share the history behind Veteran’s Day.
First of all, we want to recognize those among us at the CMC Group of companies (that includes PMT and PMR) that have served. A heartfelt thank you to the following: Arnold Clark (Specialist, Army – Production Supervisor), Hugh Fairchild (Sergeant, Air Force – Art Files Clerk), John Lemons (Staff Sergeant, Air Force – Master Digital Mac Product Artist/Team Leader), Heidi Chambers (Specialist, Ohio Army National Guard – Director of Sales), Pam Gleason (Sergeant, Ohio Army National Guard – Inside Sales Specialist DayMark), Bill Morey (Corporal, Marine Corps – Inside Sales Specialist), Greg Rogers (Sergeant, Marine Corps – Vice President of Business Development).
So, when exactly was the first Veteran’s Day observed, and how did this day honoring those who served come about?
Veteran’s Day actually evolved out of another National Observance: Armistice Day. World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Fighting stopped several months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. As a result, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars”, and thus called “Armistice Day.”
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs says this in regards to how Armistice Day eventually become known as Veteran’s Day:
“An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’ Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word ‘Armistice’ and inserting in its place the word ‘Veterans.’ With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
In addition to honoring those that have served, we’d like you to remember those that are currently serving our country. We have troops all over the world eager to come home to a grateful nation. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers for a safe return. To help show that support, PrintMyRibbon.com is proud to offer Support Our Troops Awareness Ribbons to help you bring awareness to others of the fantastic job the members of our Armed Forces have done for us both presently, and in the past. Again, thank you to all veterans and members of our military. We appreciate and honor you!