Veterans Day 2019

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 Tom Wittmaier.  

Sonar Technician Submarines Second Class SS – Tom Wittmaier
Branch: United States Navy Basic Training: Naval Training Center, Great Lakes – Near Waukegan, Illinois
Stationed: Norfolk, Virginia

Tom served in the Navy from 1994 to 1999.   During his tours, he visited Puerto Rico, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Crete, United Arab Emirates, Gibraltar, Portugal, Monaco and many others. Crete was the favorite because it was like a vacation but Italy had fabulous food and Gibraltar was the most interesting.  Best place visited was of course Norfolk, Virginia where he meet his wife, Davvy.

Veterans Day in his own words.   Tom believes “Veterans Day is to show appreciation to veterans of the military, both past and present”.

Tom follows his father in the military.  His father served in the Army in the late 1960’s.  He served as a locomotive engineer at Fort Eustis Virginia.  Tom makes a point to call his father for both Veterans and Memorial Day.

Tom loved serving in the military.  His time aboard the USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) was part of the best years in the military.   Tom is proud of his time as a crew member on board the USS L. Mendel Rivers.   He very much misses the Sonar Technician job he had on board the USS L. Mendel Rivers.  His greatest accomplishment in the Navy was being awarded the Submarine Warfare pin.  The pins are awarded to sailors who have qualified in submarines.

His skills as a sonar technician didn’t translate directly to his laboratory job at Duckett Creek but his attention to detail is definitely an asset we appreciate.  Tom is a valuable member of the Duckett Creek staff.

Tom really enjoyed serving in the Navy and is proud to say he didn’t have any bad experiences, all positive. 

Thank you Sonar Technician Submarines Second Class SS Tom Wittmaier

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

Joe Axetell
Tim Lindsey
Dwayne Thompson