This week — on Thursday, November 11 — the nation will collectively pay tribute to the more than 41 million Americans who have served our country throughout its history. According to Census Bureau statistics, some 18 million are still alive, ranging in ages from 18 to more than 100.
Service in the U.S. Armed Forces has always been — and continues to be — one of the greatest expressions of American patriotism. It’s an expression both the U.S. Postal Service and the OIG not only respect and honor, but also appreciate. USPS employs nearly 73,000 military reservists and veterans, and 176 work for the OIG. As the Postal Service 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.”
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.
We hope you will join us in saying to all of America’s veterans on this Veterans Day, “Thank you for your service.”