Celebrate Veterans Awareness Week

 November 11-17, 2012

 Veterans Day Observed Nov. 12, 2012

Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor those who have served in the U.S. Military—a time to express gratitude to those who have made great sacrifices to preserve our freedom.

During the week of November 11-17, Association President Allan Clark and the Board of Directors ask all CSEA members to join them in recognizing, honoring and thanking military veterans everywhere.

“Please take time to thank those who have served our country this Veterans Day,” Clark said. “We enjoy the freedoms we have because of their sacrifices.”

Classified school employees are more than acquainted with the value and importance of service, and CSEA is proud to honor those who have served and continue to serve every American.

 Are you a veteran?

Be a part of this side-show presentation. CSEA invites all members who are veterans or currently serving in the military reserves to contact us by sending your name, chapter number and member number to veterans@csea.com .

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11/11/2011: Veterans Day 2011—Arlington Cemetery

click to view va.gov flickr slide show


June 1, 1954: President Eisenhower signs HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.