Every November, the United States sets aside one day to honor those individuals who have served and who continue to serve our nation. An end to hostilities took place between Germany and the Allied Powers on the 11th hour of November 11th in 1918, marking the end of WWI combat. In 1919, Woodrow Wilson marked November 11th the first Armistice, with the intention to recognize the day that the fighting ended. In 1938, Congress approved an act to make November 11th a legal holiday to honor the veterans of WWI. After WWII, Congress amended the act of 1938, changing the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, a day to celebrate peace and honor veterans of all wars.
With Veterans Day coming up next Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, how do you plan to support your veteran employees and coworkers? Many organizations will be closed this Tuesday in observance of the holiday, but if your doors remain open, here are a few ways to support and thank our military veterans in the workplace:
- Take time out of the day to acknowledge veterans and thank them for their service
- Don’t forget to acknowledge all veterans, not just those who have served in a foreign war
- Consider an break inviting all associates to enjoy some cookies, pizza, cake, or some other treat honoring Veterans
- Show your patriotism by displaying the American flag or wearing red, white, and blue
As with all holidays, there are a number of factors that determine the celebration of holidays in the workplace such as organization size, location, and industry. Regardless how small the gesture, simple displays of support and thanks are appreciated and mean a lot to our veterans.
Have a happy and safe Veterans Day, and thank you to all our vets!