We like to take the occasion of Veterans Day to salute the military service that roughly 18 million men and women have given to our country, according to the most recent Census Bureau data. 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 together currently employ nearly 100,000 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 thank our nation’s veterans for their service to our country.
Did you know?
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from the original 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.
Source: USPS Office of Inspector General