November 11, 2013
Today we celebrate Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. The celebration was originally known as Armistice Day commemorating the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, which took place on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It was later changed to Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by all veterans from all services, in war and in peace, to our society.
Armistice Day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during World War I in order to ensure peace. It was at a time when the world was recovering from the horrors of war with many dead and wounded soldiers who served their countries; all swore that it would never happen again. Today we know all too well that it has not turned out that way.
Our armed forces serve us all, both in times of peace and times of war, always making personal sacrifices to protect our lives, our values and our future. Today the many people who volunteer to serve in our armed forces face almost certain assignment to foreign postings, often at great personal risk. And we have seen all too many pictures of the sacrifices they have made and the burdens they will carry through their lives. Yet they continue to sign up and provide us all with inspiring examples of giving and self-sacrifice beyond the call.
We are honored to have several dozen veterans of all ages from many services working for RailWorks in the United States and Canada. On behalf of everyone at RailWorks, I thank them for their service; we are proud to have them as part of our company. And we are actively recruiting veterans to work for RailWorks. They have already demonstrated their dedication and discipline to task and can build their careers with us!
I encourage everyone to reach out today and say “thank you” to one of our veterans and the many service people we see in our airport and communities. Their selfless service continues to help build and sustain our society!
This year, once again, RailWorks is making a contribution to the USO, an organization that continues to provide assistance to those serving in the military and their families.
Jeffrey M. Levy
President & CEO