With formal chapters established across the United States, Canada, India, Australia and the United Kingdom, Veterans at Gartner are united in their appreciation for public service and passion for creating an inclusive community to drive Gartner’s growth now and in the future.
Throughout the month of November, we’re honoring Gartner’s own military community by taking a look at what Veterans Month means to our associates from across the world.
Americans observe Veterans Day on November 11 and across the month they honor those who have served the nation in uniform and their families. Similar to other nations, November 11 was established as a national holiday to commemorate the end of the First World War. In 1954, the U.S. Congress changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all service members — past and present.
Throughout the U.S., members of the military are recognized for their service with ceremonies, parades and other events across the country.
Each year on November 11, Canadians observe Remembrance Day and hold a moment of silence to honor and remember those who have served and continue to serve their country. This moment of silence is usually held during the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of November.
Canada also holds a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where government officials can pay their respects to those who lost their lives during service. Military service is also commemorated with the wearing of the red poppy and reciting First World War poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae.
Military servicemen and servicewomen are honored with tributes in several churches and war cemeteries across India. India’s Independence Day is celebrated on August 15th, with this year marking the 74th anniversary of its liberation.
On November 11, Australians gather to remember the 60,000 troops who served and lost their lives during the First World War. Traditionally, the eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier is read out loud at remembrance ceremonies. The 2020 event will mark the 27th anniversary since the address was first delivered.
Australia also honors those who have served their country on April 25th with Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. (ANZAC) Day. The fallen are usually honored with a commemorative ceremony and current soldiers march through major cities.
Throughout the U.K., Remembrance Day is informally known as Poppy Day. The remembrance red poppies are sold to raise money to provide financial, social, political and emotional support to military members and their families. These flowers are usually worn throughout the day or placed on war memorials, symbolizing honor and respect for the fallen.
Similarly to the Australian and Canadian traditions, the United Kingdom also holds moments of silence to reflect on the lives lost during the First World War.
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