November 11th is recognized around the world as Armistice Day, when World War 1 ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 96 years ago to the day. In the United States, the Veterans Service Organization pushed Congress to replace the word “Armistice” with the word “Veterans”, which became a reality in 1954. Many people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, and, although they are similar, they serve separate distinct purposes. Memorial Day honors our servicemen who died while serving our nation while Veterans Day honors all servicemen who have served or currently serve in the Armed Forces during times of peace and war; alive or dead. It is tradition to wear poppies on Veterans Day as the red flower flourishes on disturbed soil, representing our servicemen who paid the ultimate price to protect our nation.
Today, Elkay honors and recognizes our nation’s Veterans and servicemen who currently serve or have served in the Armed Forces in both times of war and peace. Elkay is especially proud of its own team members who have served with gallantry and honor in peace and war in conflicts spanning from the Vietnam War to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We give our following team members a special thank you for your service and proudly salute you:
Ed Roth – Marines, Vietnam War
Bob Berry – Army, Vietnam War
James “Jim” Bramble – Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom
Gerald “Jerry” Bramble – Navy
David Russell – Navy
Joe Morgan – Army