Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

 

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day–a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

 

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.

 

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities.

 

Kane Rockow, co-owner of Rock & Tait, signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve in 2013.

 

This agreement states that Rock & Tait:

  • Fully recognizes, honors, and will enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Right Act (USERRA).
  • Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills service members bring to the work force and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsman, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and families in peace, in crisis, and in war.
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