This Veterans Day falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, when the armistice was enacted on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
Ceremonies and occasions to mark the centennial anniversary are planned nationwide, including a tolling of bells across the country at 11:00 a.m. local time on November 11.
We like to take the occasion of Veterans Day to salute the service that more than 21 million men and women have given to our country throughout its history. In particular, we want to recognize the veterans among our U.S. Postal Service and OIG employees.
The Postal Service has historically been one of the nation’s largest employers of veterans. USPS and OIG employ more than 100,000 military members and veterans.
As USPS says on its website: “We value the leadership, reliability, and high-tech skills veterans bring to the organization, as well as their loyalty and integrity.”
We at the OIG want to say thank you to our nation’s veterans for your service to our country.
Did you know?
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.
- A 1968 law moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11 due to its historical significance.
- Great Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11.
- In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.