For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little recognition of the day from the U.S. populous other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday. All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members. That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day.
This year Veterans Day falls on Sunday with the ‘observed’ Federal holiday falling on Monday the 12th of November. Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day
Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans. The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I. Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918). This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’ President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day. You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day – Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Here’s one old soldier’s guide to Veteran’s Day etiquette based primarily on my family’s traditions, as well as my own feelings and experiences. Continue reading
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Today we welcome Tom Jones of Land O’Lakes Florida to the Prepography Wall of Honor for honoring our veterans. When Tom learned that his fellow veterans were being buried in cardboard boxes instead of urns he enlisted his woodcrafting club and they began crafting wooden urns to honor these fallen comrades. The urns vary in size, construction and type of wood but all have the same inscription stamped into the bottom “A Place To Rest Honoring Our American Hero Veteran.” Continue reading
Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?
William J. Bennett - lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, 1997
The latest addition to the Prepography Wall of Honor is an unidentified Immigration & Customs Enforcement Officer (ICE).
For those of you new to our site The Wall of Honor is for those that do the right thing when faced with a difficult choice. Our recipients aren’t perfect…no one is… but the behavior they’ve demonstrated in the relevant article is behavior that we want the rest of our society to emulate. If you have someone you’d like us to recognize then use our contact page to send us your nomination, a link or description of the person and activity as well as your rational for the nomination.
“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. Crane is a union representative acting on the unidentified officer’s behalf.
The officer under fire is an 18-year law enforcement and military veteran.
A Florida lifeguard who was fired after leaving his beach zone to save a drowning man has been offered his job back.
Tomas Lopez, 21, who was sacked by employer Jeff Ellis & Associates after his heroics Monday at Hallendale Beach, 18 miles north of Miami, should never have been fired, Jeff Ellis told the Sun-Sentinel Thursday.
“I am of the opinion that the supervisors acted hastily, ” Ellis said. “It was not the appropriate course of action to take,” he said.
Tomas Lopez joins our Wall of Honor for doing the right thing in spite of company rules. Rules and regulations that prohibit doing the ‘right’ thing for liability reasons are amoral and should be ignored. Due to public pressure the hero lifeguard has been offered his job back…his nine coworkers who quit in solidarity or expressed support for Lopez haven’t been so lucky.