In connection with Veterans Day, NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association issued a statement that reads that NATE “salutes all of the brave men and women who faithfully served in uniform for the United States of America.”
The membership organization of contractors said that President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. NATE quoted Wilson as saying in his proclamation, “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.”
According to NATE, a congressional act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday, stating it was to be “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” Congress amended the act on June 1, 1954, replacing the word Armistice with the word Veterans, and the holiday since has been known as Veterans Day, NATE said.
“Veterans Day is a day set aside to thank all veterans for their dedication and loyal service to our country and to express our gratitude for the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free,” the NATE statement reads.
NATE quoted President Ronald Reagan as saying, “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.”