Veterans Day on November 11th honors military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. This federal holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which marks World War I. These observances reflect the end of significant hostilities at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany took effect. Initially, the United States observed Armistice Day as well. However, it evolved into the current Veterans Day in 1954.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. At the time, he said, “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.”
“Hunger does not breed reform, it breeds madness.” ~President Woodrow Wilson
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. The resolution requested that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11th with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'”
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
Initially, the country observed Veterans Day on November 11th. However, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act required the federal holiday to be moved. Congress scheduled the observance for the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, Congress moved it back to its original celebration on November 11th. While the legal holiday remains on November 11th, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will generally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.
Over the last two plus years, the U.S. economy has fought its way through a steady stream of harmful supply chain disruptions. This variation has challenged production and inventories in every facet of the economy. This is one of the main reasons we fought hard to become fully integrated and less dependent on overseas raw materials. The most recognized and publicized place where this volatility could be most easily observed was the ports, where the dramatic changes in consumer behavior were observed in seemingly mile-high stacks of containers and vessels waiting to be unloaded. Observers hoped that port congestion previously had peaked at the beginning of 2022 and appeared to finally be easing in May and early June, but as we are smack dab in the middle of peak shipping, we are seeing congestion again. So what can we do? Plan, plan, plan - as best you can. We are excited to share pictures of our warehouse shelves. We are stocked and ready to help move your cargo safely across the country to its final destination.
Container freight rates, which soared to record prices at the height of the pandemic, have been falling rapidly, economists and data report. Decreased freight rates mean an increase in transport across the country, and an increase in demand for dunnage materials. Another front impacting transport and shipping is container turnaround times, which have been decreasing as well. This is a positive sign for consumers and those managing inventories within warehouses or direct consumer purchasing locations. As we keep our finger on the pulse of the shipping industry, we have ramped up our production of dunnage bags and corrugated dunnage to keep up with demand, and ensure supply chain issues continue to decrease.
With all of this said, we recommend everyone to check their current inventories as they wrap up 2022 and begin 2023. Plan for your dunnage needs and request a quote today. We have the expertise, the inventory, and cost advantage to safely transport your cargo and products damage free.