Celebrating Veterans at Boyd Bros. And Across the Country

Post Date - Nov 11, 2022

Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans who served our country honorably during war or peacetime. With Veterans Day in mind this month, Boyd Bros. wants to take time to tell you how very proud we are to be the career home of dozens of veterans from various branches of the military. Your friends at Boyd Bros. have put together some news and notes to highlight this important day.

Origin of Veterans Day

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I. In 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

Veterans Day traditions

In the United States, an official wreath-laying ceremony is held each Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, while parades and other celebrations are held in states around the country.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day—a common misunderstanding, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Veterans Day by the numbers

  • 19.5 million – the approximate number of veterans in the United States.
  • 9 million – the number of veterans over the age of 65.
  • 500k – the number of World War II veterans still living in the United States.
  • 1.56 million – the number of veterans in California, the highest number in the country; 1.46 million – the number of veterans in Texas, the second-highest number in the country.

Why is trucking a good career for veterans?

  • Job security. The trucking industry needs more drivers! There are many driving opportunities available - all you have to do is choose a carrier that’s a good fit for you. Boyd Bros. has flatbed hauling opportunities for company drivers, independent contractors, students and more that offer excellent earning potential.
  • Steady pay and great benefits. A trucking job with a reliable carrier like Boyd Bros. will provide you with a consistent paycheck and an array of benefits, such as health insurance options, retirement planning, paid vacation and bonus pay opportunities.
  • Quality home time. Truck drivers are known for being away from home for extended periods of time but 95% of Boyd’s drivers & contractors are home each weekend.
  • It’s a chance to see the country. If your job in the military gave you the opportunity to travel the world, a job in trucking will allow you to continue exploring new places.
  • You already have what it takes. Teamwork. Leadership. Self-discipline. Situational awareness. All of these characteristics are ones you’ve built during your military career and they’re the same qualities that make the best drivers in the trucking industry.

Thank you to all our nation’s veterans! If you’re looking to transition to a civilian career, join us at Boyd Bros. Transportation where your service is appreciated, and we value your work! Connect with us today to get started!