“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…,” President Woodrow Wilson, November 1919.
November 11, 1918 stands in history as the date when there was a temporary cessation of hostilities in World War I between the Allied Nations and Germany. This date in history is known as Armistice Day, marking the end of “the war to end all wars.” The following year in November of 1919, American President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, with the purpose stated in President Wilson’s quote above. With this, we see the beginnings and first celebration of what we now know as Veterans Day, the day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Here at Fischer & Wieser, Veterans Day is very close to our hearts, as each year we celebrate the members of our families, Fischer & Wieser work-family, community and friends who have selflessly served our country. We celebrate, along with the rest of our country, to honor our American veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
This year, we honor a special veteran, near and dear to the Fischer and Wieser families’ hearts. Deanna Fischer, our Chief Marketing Officer, recently lost her father, Winston “Sy” Simonsen at the age of 84. Mr. Simonsen served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War as a fighter pilot. During this time, his plane went down and he spent six months in a Chinese POW camp. To get him through the tough time, he recited prayers and Bible passages, thought of his loved ones and solved math problems in his head. For his service, Mr. Simonsen was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses. The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to any officer or enlisted person of the Armed Forces of the United States who shall have distinguished themselves in actual combat in support of operations by “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.”
We honor another veteran this year that recently joined the Fischer & Wieser work-family, Chad Ellebracht. Mr. Ellebracht recently retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after 23 years of service. He worked as a Supply Logistician and traveled all over the world during his time of service. Mr. Ellebracht brings his experience and skills to Fischer & Wieser, as the newest Assistant Transportation Manager in our shipping department.
On this day, we honor and thank all veterans for their bravery in service to our country. We remember Mr. Simonsen and pray for his family, with thankful hearts for his life and service to our country and community. We are proud to have Mr. Ellebracht as part of the Fischer & Wieser family and community, and of his dedicated service to our country. For the countless men and women who have donned the uniform and stood as the face of our nation, we remember you, we honor you and we thank you.