Yesterday, America's unions and working families thanked the men and women who served our country on Veterans Day.
In case you missed it, here's a Huffington Post column from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and J. David Cox, chair of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council and president of AFGE: Is This How to Salute a Veteran?
This Veterans Day, I’ll be thinking about a conversation I had with Cecil Roberts, president of the Mine Workers (UMWA), when he was in Paducah, Ky., for Labor Day. Roberts, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, says it’s time for unions to take back two big issues the labor haters have hijacked from our movement: “The Bible and patriotism.”
Whether they served on the beaches of Normandy, the rivers of Southeast Asia or the deserts of the Middle East, Nov. 11 is the day we honor our country's veterans. Originally proclaimed a holiday by President Wilson in 1919, Nov. 11 was chosen because major hostilities of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with Germany signing the Armistice.