Celebrate Veterans with us this month

The Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) celebrated Veterans Week (the week of Nov 9) in style … and in typical caring, giving National Grid fashion. Employees in offices and field locations across the company participated in VERG-sponsored bake sales, appreciation luncheons, guest speaker lunch ‘n learns, community outreach, fundraisers and USO Holiday Card for Heroes card-signings. VERG also supplied and planted American flags at facilities across our Northeast service area.

Lissette Lugo, VERG communications director, said, “I can’t believe the amount of participation from the VERG members all across National Grid.  Everyone came together to make sure these events were a success.  This is why I’m so proud to be part of the National Grid team.”

Have a look at some photos (click on Info to view the captions) and take the quiz below!

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Test your knowledge [Veterans Day]

Q. In what year did President Wilson proclaim November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day?

  1. 1918
  2. 1919
  3. 1920

A: In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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…”

Q. How many of the 44 Presidents of the United States of America have served in the military?

A: 26 of the 44 Presidents served in the military. George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush.

Q. True or False: The salute heard at military funerals is called a 21 gun salute?

A: False. The salute heard at military funerals is called the Three-Volley Salute. This practice originated in the old custom of halting the fighting during war to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared its dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to back to the fight.

Q. Which of the following would an employee claim when Self-Identifying as a Protected Veteran?

1. Disabled Veteran
2. Recently Separated Veteran
3. Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran
4. Active Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran
5. All of the Above

A: All of the above. A veteran can claim Protected Veteran Status as part of the Self-Identification process as set forth in The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA). For more information look at this poster found on the Department of Labor’s Web site

*Question #1 Source: http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
*Question #2 Source: http://www.va.gov/health/newsfeatures/2013/february/can-you-name-the-presidents-who-were-veterans.asp
*Question #3 Source: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/customs.htm
*Question #4 Source: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/posters/Infographics/ProtectedVet_InfoGraphic_JRFQA508c.pdf

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