Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”
– Michel de Montaigne
We are pleased to honor all who have served and especially those who are part of our U.S. Forensic family. It’s veterans like you who have made this country great. We are so grateful to be Americans. We are so proud to call you family. We’d like to recognize the following U.S. Forensic team members.
- Mitch Kirkland, P.E. (New Orleans) – U.S. Marine Corps
- Dennis Dyl, P.E. (Chicago) – U.S. Navy
- William Pippine, P.E. (Buffalo) – U.S. Army
- Carolyn Gomez, P.E. (San Antonio) – U.S. Army
- Thomas Bennett, P.E. (Orlando) – U.S. Air Force
- Barry Peak, M.E., ACTAR (Tampa) – U.S. Coast Guard
- Bryant McKinney, P.E. (Tallahassee) – U.S. Army
- Ed Mossakowski, P.E. (Austin) – U.S. Air Force
- Rob Russo, Client Services & Asbestos Inspector (Charlotte) – U.S. Coast Guard
History of Veterans Day
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words,
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…”
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
On May 13, 1938, an act was approved which made the 11th of November a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I. However, in 1954, Congress amended the Act of 1938, removing the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans” at the urging of the veterans service organizations. World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; and American forces had fought aggression in Korea. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
For a complete history, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.