VETERANS DAY 2018
VETERANS DAY 2018
ERIC HIPKINS - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, R9B
NOV. 9, 2018
HAPPY VETERANS DAY
“Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of political freedom and economic concert. The war showed us the strength of great nations acting together for high purposes, and the victory of arms foretells the enduring conquests which can be made in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance of the common interests of men.”
-President Woodrow Wilson, November 11, 1919
This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The conflict between
Allied Powers and Germany ceased with the signing of an armistice, which took effect on the
11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. A year later, President Wilson
commemorated the event by proclaiming November 11 as Armistice Day, a national holiday. In
1954, the United States Congress broadened the meaning of the day to recognize all those who
have served in the country’s armed forces, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Today, we
gladly honor and thank all current and former military members.
I founded R9B shortly after retiring from the Army. It had been a time in my life filled with stories of selflessness, sacrifice, and dedication to duty. The soldiers and other servicemembers with whom I served set a high bar, not only for how one should approach their job, but also what one should aspire to as a human being. There are many reasons why men and women choose to serve their country, but I have found that in the most trying times, the vast majority demonstrate their character by putting others before themselves. I have rarely, if ever, met a veteran who feels they are done serving. In fact, the majority of veterans I know continue to seek out ways to make a difference in both their local communities and the world at large. The veteran spirit I know is one of service and never being satisfied with the status quo. From our leadership to our security operations analysts to our sales and marketing professionals, we recognize the value of our current and former servicemembers.
Please consider taking some time this weekend to say thank you to the veterans in your life; extending the same to their spouses and families. And recognize that not everyone who has served has received appreciation for the sacrifices they have made. Many cities will have parades and other celebratory events; there you will find men and women, young and old, who have willingly set themselves aside in hopes of protecting a set of ideas and a way of life that is bigger than us all.