Veterans Day will be taking place across the U.S. in November, bringing with it the chance to honor the many amazing people who have served in the nation's armed forces, both at home and overseas.
Every year, parades, events and ceremonies are held to celebrate our brave military veterans, which provide the opportunity to help these individuals through the upcoming challenges they may face, while thanking them for the service they have already given.
A brief history of Veterans Day
Taking place on November 11th each year, Veterans Day has a long and storied history that begins at the end of the First World War.
Major hostilities in what, at the time, was referred to as The Great War ceased on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918. It is a date that marked an end to the bloodiest conflict in history, and with it there came national recognition of the sacrifices made by those who served in the armed forces to help lead our nation to victory.
As a result, Armistice Day was introduced across the U.S. on November 11th, 1919. It remained so until 1954, when it was renamed Veterans Day. Over the years, the scope of the celebration has been expanded, now encompassing not just those who fought in The Great War, but in all subsequent conflicts and branches of the military.
Not to be confused with the U.S. public holiday Memorial Day, which takes place in May and commemorates those who died while in military service, Veterans Day remains a day of celebration dedicated to all those who have served and continue to do so in the U.S. military.
What does Veterans Day mean to GettingHired?
At Getting Hired, we take seriously our commitment to supporting all veterans in their pursuit of new opportunities for employment. As such, Veterans Day is a very special time for all our staff.
Lawrence Wilde, Account Manager at Getting Hired, says: “As a third generation Army veteran, Veterans Day has always meant a lot to me and my family. I am very proud of my family’s service. Veterans Day is a way to honor all of those who served before me, I had the privilege to serve with, and those who continue to serve.”
Meanwhile, Business Development Manager Patrick Hodge notes: "Veterans Day gives us a perfect opportunity to support these brave men and women in finding jobs; it focuses national attention on the important work they have done in keeping our nation safe."
Veterans Day is an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the country to show their support and appreciation for veterans. It can be a catalyst for change in business recruitment, bringing them front and center into employers' minds when on the lookout for new talent.
Our goal is to support this group in the pursuit of new opportunities to excel in civilian life after leaving the armed forces. You can find out more about Getting Hired's wide range of resources and our ongoing support for veteran job seekers by visiting our website.
Contributions to this blog were made by Lawrence Wilde and Patrick Hodge, Account Manager and Business Development Manager at Getting Hired.