It is my honor and privilege to contribute to the November 2016 #VeteransDay Employee Spotlight blog series in honor of fellow veterans and their contributions to our country, and our company.
I’d like to personally take this opportunity to recognize America’s Veterans. In “providing for the common defense,” our nation has asked the members of our military to put service above self on behalf of over 300 Million of us. This is especially significant when we consider that for over 40 years every member of our military has been a volunteer. These selfless men and women willingly took on the role of defending our way of life. In contrast to Memorial Day, where we remember those who died in service to our country, this day provides us the opportunity to look a surviving Veteran in the eye and sincerely thank them.
Veteran’s Day was originally “Armistice Day,” marking the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month wherein hostilities ceased in World War I. Congress made the day a legal holiday “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” In 1954 November 11th became a day to honor veterans of all wars.
We are fortunate at ActioNet to have a considerable portion of our workforce that are Veteran’s among us. The military instills many traits and skills that make us a better company. Teamwork, service to others, technical expertise, a diligent work ethic, a sense of priority, task management, and dogged persistence amidst adversity, are but a few of these characteristics that align with our corporate values of integrity, making our customers and each other successful, excellence in service delivery, innovation, and integration.
I am proud of my military service to our country, and equally proud of my employment with ActioNet…a company committed to core values that align with the proud traditions exemplified in our military and by our military veteran staff.
“I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.”
― John F. Kennedy