Veterans Day honors those who have served in all branches of the armed services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard (including the Reserves and the National Guard). BendBroadband employs a large number of veterans.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday, so federal workers get a paid day off. BendBroadband is proud to support, honor and thank the veterans among our associates by likewise commemorating Veterans Day as a paid holiday.
The federal holiday began as a celebration of the end of World War I. The war ended with a peace pact signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day:
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Originally, communities commemorated Armistice Day informally, by briefly suspending business and hosting speeches and parades beginning at 11 a.m. In 1938, Congress and the president established Armistice Day as a legal holiday honoring world peace.
For years Armistice Day served as an occasion to honor the veterans of World War I. After World War II, the holiday became an occasion to honor veterans of all wars. Armistice Day was formally renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Don’t forget to catch the Veterans Day Parade live on COTV, channel 11 and 611 in HD, on November 11th. The broadcast starts at 11am. The parade will also be available on BendBroadband Video on Demand at a later date.