Veterans Day

Essex Concrete would like to thank all of our service men and women, past and present for your loyalty and dedication to our country’s freedom and independence!

Veterans Day 2015

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “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…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.

In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.

The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.

The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

Pumpcrete

Pumpcrete 36Z, 40Z, 47Z 2 Pumpcrete 36Z, 40Z, 47Z 1 Pumpcrete 36Z, 40Z, 47Z 4Like any other service-related industry, the construction industry is always developing new tools, concepts and innovations to make the process more efficient and effective. As long as the end result is a safe and solid structure, new ways to perform the tasks to get there are always welcomed. One of the techniques that have helped the construction industry tremendously is called concrete pumping. All structures from the tallest skyscraper to the smallest convenience store require concrete, and concrete pumping is a great way to get it where it needs to go. What Is Concrete Pumping? Concrete pumping is a more efficient way of pouring concrete, using a machine to transfer liquid concrete. There are two basic types of pumps that are used, one is known as a ‘boom pump’ and the other is commonly called a ‘line pump’. The boom pump uses a remote controlled robotic arm to place concrete where it needs to go, and they are often used in large construction projects. Boom pumps are able to pump concrete at high volumes and are extremely accurate, which is why they are used for larger projects. The line pump uses flexible or steel hoses attached to the outlet of the pump and linked together to wherever the concrete needs to go. This type of pump is usually used for smaller jobs like swimming pools, ground slabs and sidewalks. Faster concrete placement speed of the pour is always an important factor when it comes to any-sized construction project. One of the benefits of concrete pumping is that it is a faster way to place concrete over more traditional methods. Faster placement gives the ability to stay within any deadlines and use just one piece of equipment to complete one pour. When concrete pumping is not used, smaller equipment may have to be moved around to different spots to finish off a pour. Anyone who has been involved in any sort of construction job knows that labor is a big part of the total expense of the project. Obviously, the labor force is integral, but if it can be reduced without affecting quality and safety, it will help boost the bottom line. Concrete pumping generally requires less in the way of labor than other methods of concrete pouring. The site will seem less congested, and you can also use key personnel for other important tasks when the concrete is placed directly. There is also improved concrete quality with concrete pumping and less water is needed than with other methods. This means that when the concrete is placed it’s less likely to shrink and crack and it will maintain its strength. It kind of goes without saying how important it is for concrete to be strong and secure over time.
Concrete pumping results in a more stable end product, which means the safety level of your project is higher and the durability is also higher. For the customer, a more durable concrete product means not paying for maintenance or a brand new pour for a longer period of time, which saves money. Concrete pouring accuracy in using a boom or a line pump for pumping concrete is going to improve. For complex locations, high-rise buildings or insulated concrete form walls, accuracy is of the utmost importance. Accurate pumping means fewer stoppages, fewer delays and a more professional-looking end result. Any company that pours concrete as it’s main business knows how important it is to present a professional result to clients and the public. Many people barely notice when a job is done well, but will certainly notice when there are drips and spills and messy pours.
Convenience overall, using either type of concrete pumping system is just more convenient than the old mix and pour methods. Boom arms can actually reach over tops of houses or other structures to place the concrete in locations where other types of machinery cannot reach.
The convenience factor means that jobs that were previously ‘undoable’ can now be completed, and with a high degree of accuracy and precision. The convenience factor makes it easier on workers, enables a company to take on new projects and can ultimately increase sales. At the end of the day, increasing sales is really what every business is all about. With 30 years combined experience, our operators are the best in the business and no job is too big or small for us! Call us at 804-443-8218! Pumpcrete, “Have Pump Will Travel”

Another Record Month!

ANOTHER GREAT MONTH EVERYONE! 5 RECORD SETTING MONTHS IN A ROW AND WE ARE GOING FOR 6! PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BE THANKFUL FOR OUR TEAM EFFORTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE THANK EACH OF OUR EMPLOYEES, DRIVERS, AND CUSTOMERS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR EFFORTS. SEPTEMBER IS GOING TO BE GREAT! GO ECC!!!
ALSO, OUR DRIVERS ARE AWARE SCHOOL HAS BEGUN AND WILL BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS EVERY DAY. SAFETY FOR THEM AND OTHERS IS A VITAL PART OF OUR DAILY PLAN.