|The Carpenter Contractor Trust Honors Veterans in 2018|
Published On: Thursday, November 1, 2018
As Veterans Day approaches, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters continues to show respect and support to the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1919, was the one-year anniversary of the end of the first World War. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution marking the day as an annual observance. However, it wasn’t until 1938 that Nov. 11 became nationally celebrated as Veterans Day. Carpenters and contractors not only support soldiers while away but demonstrated their commitment by offering apprenticeship programs that provide good wages, training and benefits.
Carpenters pay homage to veterans in communities through various programs and volunteer projects. The Traveling Wall is a monument to honor and remember veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and dedication to the United States. Local journeymen and apprentices were honored to support this effort by assembling the monument and constructing benches for visitors.
At council meetings, union carpenters and contractors have collected goods for Operation Jersey Cares. The journeymen and apprentices volunteered their time to pack care boxes for military veterans serving overseas.
Current and retired carpenters also worked together to serve other veterans by restoring a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in disrepair. The restoration allowed the members to use their hall to earn revenue.
Finally, programs such as Helmets to Hard Hats help military personnel with the transition into the carpentry industry. The program offers careers in trades such as carpentry, engineer operations and roofing.
The Carpenter Contractor Trust expresses its gratitude to all veterans for their service and bravery, especially those who are members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.