In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.
On Monday we’ll celebrate America’s 81st Veteran’s Day.
Did you know that veterans are overrepresented in rural America? Nearly 18 percent of veterans live in rural (nonmetro) counties, compared to 15 percent of the U.S. adult civilian population. About 10 percent of all rural civilian adults are veterans, but in some rural counties, that figure can reach as high as 25 percent.
We’re proud to employ several who have served over multiple decades, for varying reasons, but with the same tremendous commitment to our country.
A lot of Americans get this confused, but Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.
That is the total number of years of service our 2018 honorees have dedicated to Harvest Land Co-op. Annually we recognize employees by five-year increments and thank them for their continued work on our cooperative’s behalf. At the Christmas party in December, we recognized the following individuals.
According to an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in November 2018, the average number of years that wage and salary workers have worked for their current employer is currently 4.6 years. With that statistic, we’re quite proud to honor the following folks for their commitment to Harvest Land.
Note that not all honorees were in attendance.
Five Years of Service:
Ten Years of Service:
West Liquid Fuels
Fifteen Years of Service:
Twenty Years of Service:
Henry Branscum Jr.
Twenty-Five Years of Service:
Thirty Years of Service:
Thirty-Five Years of Service:
Forty Years of Service:
And finally, Forty-Five Years of Service:
We asked Stan Hicks, our Chief Operations Officer, about his forty-five years at Harvest Land. Here are a few words from him:
“It’s been amazing to look back over the years and see how the farmers within our trade territory have banned together, consolidated their 19 co-ops into one very solid cooperative and established an organization that works for their long-term well-being in the agricultural community.”
“The Cooperative System has been for me, and many others, a long-term career in the field of agriculture when the means were not afforded to be a farmer that planted, harvested and marketed their own production.”
We offer sincere thanks to Stan and all others who celebrated another year with Harvest Land. We truly appreciate you.