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News | Nov. 10, 2020

DLA Distribution Commanding General's Veterans Day Address

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Distribution Teammates,

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War. Observed as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars who served honorably in the military during peace and war.

As we approach Veterans Day, I want to recognize our veterans…active-duty service members, guardsmen, and reservists who have served our great country. I am proud to say that over 2,600 DLA Distribution employees are veterans — still serving this country with the same sense of duty and perseverance. Thank you for your service, your resiliency, for your contributions to our nation, the many ways you continue to serve your communities and our nation, and your continued commitment to the DLA mission.

I ask you to pause this Veterans Day to remember the significance of the sacrifices made by current veterans and those from generations past who served on embattled shores, both here and abroad, to protect our freedom.

I encourage you to take advantage of this Veterans Day– enjoy a well-deserved day of leave, stay safe and remember to personally thank a Veteran for their service! If you choose to gather with family and friends to celebrate, please do your part to make sure we don’t see a spike in COVID-related cases over the next several weeks by reviewing the CDC guidelines for social gatherings. Because COVID-19 virus circulation varies in communities, these considerations are meant to supplement state, local, or territorial, health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.

And finally, I ask that you remember to keep the deployed Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and their families in mind as you celebrate our freedom they continue to defend.


BGen Keith D. Reventlow, USMC
Commanding General
DLA Distribution