A salute to our troops
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, a temporary cessation of war was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I and the date was commemorated as Armistice Day.
Later, in the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed Armistice Day to become Veterans Day.
As President Eisenhower wrote in the 1954 Federal Register, Veterans Day is observed in an effort to bring together the American people to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
Nearly 100 years later, the true meaning of the Veterans Day holiday continues to live in the hearts and souls of our nation’s troops, veterans, their families and friends, and the hundreds of U.S. companies dedicated to supporting veterans before, during and after their service.
“It is the highest American tradition that patriotic men and women serve voluntarily,” says Jeff Marone, senior operations manager, founder of the Veterans Network at General Mills and former infantry officer in the U.S. Army. “On this day, please recognize veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made.”
Honoring those who stepped up to serve
With more than 800 employees who currently serve or have served in our nation’s armed forces, for this slideshow, we asked five of them to share their personal stories for raising their hand to protect and serve.
Today, there are more than 21 million U.S. veterans.
Whether you’re among them, been touched by one or simply consider yourself a veteran ally, take a moment today to honor our service members and their families.
Editor’s note: General Mills has been a longtime supporter of U.S. military veterans and their families and has received numerous honors for doing so. In 2014, General Mills was named a “Top Military Friendly Employer” and received the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on an employer for its support of military members – the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award.
The General Mills Veterans Network actively supports employees who serve active duty as well as family members of employees who serve through a variety of activities such as sending holiday cards, care packages and phone cards to troops. In addition, the company offers a mentoring program that matches current employees with returning veterans.
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