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Honoring the Veterans in Our Own Ranks

November 2017 | By Henry Rogers, Interstate Batteries Chaplain

While its ending started Veterans Day, World War I was certainly not the War to End All Wars. We’re ever thankful for the many veterans who don the United States military uniform to defend the freedom we enjoy.

Including those we work beside every day. 

Every Nov. 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Originally known as Armistice Day, this U.S. holiday honors military persons who have served in the US Armed Forces.

Its storied history goes back to World War I, at the time known as the Great War or the War to End All Wars.

In 1918, on the on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Allied nations and Germany declared an armistice. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory." In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War President Dwight D. Eisenhower made Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word Armistice in favor of Veterans.

A woman stands in woods. Team member Jamie Shackelford, a veteran, is one of many honored for Veterans Day.

At Interstate Batteries, we are thankful to have more than 50 veterans who have served our country.

One is Jamie Shackleford, our Senior Product Marketing Manager.

After a year of college, this San Antonio native decided that she wanted to see the world. Who better to help with that dream than the military? She made her way to the recruiting station. As a springboard diver in her younger years, she loved the water so her first stop was the Navy. When she went by, the sailors were literally out to lunch. The Army, however, was open for potential recruits.

She signed up that day and was shipped out in just two weeks with a few reservations from her family. She did her Basic and Advanced training in the heat of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. She loved the experience and learned a lot about herself.

She got another surprise after graduation when she was shipped off to the demilitarized zone at Camp Casey in South Korea. It’s a yearlong assignment, but she extended for six months after she met another soldier named, James, who went to church every Sunday and invited her to go, too. She told her friends that she would marry a guy like that one day. At the time, she didn’t realize he would be the one.

Following her assignment at South Korea, Jamie requested St. Louis, which happened to be a few hours away from Ft. Campbell, Ky., where James was serving in the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division. Every weekend, he drove to St. Louis, and they eventually married and left the military to start a family.

Four years serving our country shaped Jamie into who she is today. Years later, she was thankful for her time and has so many great memories of her days serving our country so faithfully.

The military gave Jamie confidence in her abilities. She learned to be a creative problem solver, to collaborate and lean into others. And above all, her years of service taught her the power of a good team.

While its ending started Veterans Day, World War I was certainly not the War to End All Wars. We’re ever thankful for the many veterans who don the United States military uniform to defend the freedom we enjoy.

 

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