Honoring Solomon’s veterans

November 9, 2017

Veterans stand in defense of our freedom. They stand in harm’s way every day so that we can sleep peacefully at night. Our nation wouldn’t be what it is today without them. Not only should we recognize veterans and those currently serving, but we must remember their sacrifice. Freedom isn’t free; someone had to fight for it. Our veterans and soldiers provide us protection that is too often overlooked or forgotten. Without them, American life could easily be disrupted. Veterans are a symbol for hope and the promise of tomorrow.

 

The evolution of Veterans Day

Originally observed to coincide with holidays in other countries, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which mark the anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11. The major hostilities of WWI formally ended in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the armistice with Germany took effect.

 

1926 – Congress adopts a resolution requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance on November 11

1938 – Congress approves an act to make November 11 “Armistice Day,” an annual holiday dedicated to the cause of world peace

1945 – Alabama World War II veteran Raymond Weeks leads a delegation to convince Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I.

1954 – Rep. Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presents a bill before Congress to establish the holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26. Congress amended the bill on June 1 to rename Armistice Day as “Veterans Day.”

 

Doing our part for veterans

“Solomon Corp not only recognizes employed veterans every year in November, we actively recruit veterans,” said Chloe Boggs, of the human resources department. “Our recruiters attend career fairs for those transitioning out of the military and we strongly believe in hiring those who have served our country.”

The company also has several employees who are on active reserves, Chloe said. “They deploy throughout the year, sometimes for months at a time. We always accommodate military orders and look forward to their safe return.”

Thank you to our veterans and active duty employees. We appreciate your service to our country and for helping make Solomon Corp what it is today.