Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans; that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.  The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who died while in military service. It is also not to be confused with Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which specifically honors those currently serving in the U.S. military.

The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 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’.

Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

Duckett Creek Sanitary District would like to honor our veterans.  Currently about 10% of the workforce at the District are veterans.   Recently some of the District veterans sat down to talk about their military experiences and how certain holidays affect them.   Today the District is honoring veteran Joe Axetell.

AMS3 Petty Officer – Joseph Axetell
Branch: United States Navy
Basic Training: Naval Training Center, Great Lakes – Near Waukegan, Illinois
Stationed: Norfolk Virginia & Sigonella Sicily Italy

Joe served in the Navy from 1985 to 1990.   During his tours, he visited England, Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Isreal, Cypress, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and many others. Egypt was the most interesting with the culture and historical monuments.

Veterans Day in his own words.   Joe believes “Veterans Day is a day honoring the soldiers who served for their country”.

Joe follows a long history of military service in his family.   Both Joe’s grandfathers served in the Navy during WWII.  His uncle also served during WWII, Korean War and Vietnam.   His brother also served in the Navy.

Joe loved serving in the military.  He believes the military turned his life around.  The Navy enforced discipline and taught him a trade he uses to this day.   “I was the true definition of a punk when I enlisted”.   Joe’s talents are highly respected here at Duckett Creek.  His mechanical training in the Navy has helped the District through some rough times.

Joe is very proud of his military service.  His highlights all revolve around his travels during his tours.   Although not everything went well while on tour.   He particularly remembers, just before the Iraq war, when a squadron of Seabats (helicopters) brought back a group of injured militants that got caught setting mines in the Straits of Hormuz.  The injuries were horrific.

Joe is a valuable member of the Duckett Creek staff.

Thank you Petty Officer Joseph Axetell

Duckett Creek Sanitary District is proud to have veterans like Joe on staff.

Tom Wittmaier Tim Lindsey Dwayne Thompson