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Veterans Day 2015: Honoring Those Who Serve

By Jordy Byrd

A cup of coffee. A letter. Or a handshake. These minor gestures may be the easiest way to say “thank you” on Veterans Day 2015. Graphic Products is proud to employ 16 veterans whose experience and service in the Marines, Army, and Navy span decades – from the 1960s, into the early 2000s.

“Send letters to veterans serving over seas. Nothing beats mail call, even from a stranger.”

Everyday, and especially on Veterans Day, Graphic Products honors the commitment our coworkers have made. We encourage others to get involved with a nonprofit that benefits veterans; or to simply shake the hand in gratitude of someone who has served.

Veterans Day History

Veterans Day history ties back to The Great War and the Treaty of Versailles. November 11 was initially dedicated as a legal veterans holiday in 1938. The holiday was “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day.”

But the onset of World War II changed not only the nation but the entire world, and at the urging of veterans' service organizations, the holiday was amended in 1954. The word armistice was replaced with the word veterans, and on June 1, 1954, November 11th officially became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year at 11a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. Ceremony processions begin with the laying of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”