Day is one of those holidays that most people don’t really know much about, yet
it is a very important day, and one that has had many evolutions over the years.
So let’s have a little history lesson.
Day is a national holiday to recognize and honor the men and women who have
bravely served our country through military service. Originally, the date was
known as Armistice Day in honor of the end of World War I, which occurred on November
11, 1918, at 11 a.m. President Wilson commemorated November 11 as the first Armistice Day, a year later, saying, “To
us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn
pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with
gratitude for the victory ....”
wasn’t until 1926 that there was a Congressional resolution to establish an
annual observance of Armistice Day; and it didn’t become a national legal holiday
until 1938 when it was to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honor
WWII veteran Raymond Weeks organized the first national Veterans Day celebration in Birmingham, Alabama.He believed Armistice Day should be expanded to
include all veterans, not only those who died during the First World War. That event included
a parade and other festivities to honor all veterans. A decade later, in 1954, after
acknowledging the greatest mobilization of our military in history during World
War II, the Korean War, and with the encouragement of veteran’s organizations, President
Eisenhower signed a bill that changed the name from Armistice Day to Veterans
Day, and made it a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Mr. Weeks became known as the “Father of Veterans Day,”
and was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 by President Reagan.
we celebrate Veterans Day has changed over the years as well. Originally, the
holiday was to be a day of celebration with parades and a brief pause of
business beginning at 11 a.m. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was signed to
establish 3-day weekends for Federal employees by recognizing Washington’s
Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day on Mondays, regardless
of their original dates. Veterans Day was to be the fourth Monday of October,
and went into effect in 1971. The idea was to “encourage travel, recreation,
and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial
production.” However, many states disagreed and celebrated the
holidays on their previously established dates. In fact, in 1971 the first
Veterans Day celebrated under the new law caused much confusion, and in 1975,
President Ford returned the observance of Veterans Day to the original November
11 date beginning in 1978 because of the historical and patriotic significance of
the date to so many citizens.
day, as we thank the many veterans of all wars, we also wish to thank those
veterans who work in the wind industry. The wind industry hires veterans at a
rate approximately 61 percent greater than the national average. The skills
that veterans obtain through their service make them a great fit for the unique
roles that the wind industry offers. Skills like leadership, technical
abilities, physical endurance, teamwork and more, make vets easy to place in
even more good news for veterans in the clean energy sector. A new Clean Jobs, Better Jobs report by BW Research, finds that
nationwide, clean energy jobs, (including renewable energy generation, energy
efficiency, clean fuels, clean vehicle, grid modernization and storage) have a
median hourly wage approximately 25 percent higher than the national average. Jobs in wind have the highest wage of all the
clean energy industries studied in the report, and far above retail, food
service, arts/entertainment, and recreation positions. In fact, entry-level
wages for a wind turbine technician are 49 percent higher than those for other entry
level installation, maintenance or repair positions.
the pandemic, clean energy was one of the fastest-growing sectors, and nearly
3.4 million people worked in the industry at the end of 2019.
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not take for granted all the freedoms we have in this country; for as the
saying goes, those freedoms didn’t come free. As of 2018, there are 18.2
million living veterans who have served during at least one war. Many others
fought and died upholding the freedoms we enjoy every day. That’s why our
veterans deserve our respect and gratitude.
Veterans Day! And, thank you for your
willingness to serve our great country.