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The History of Veterans Day

This Friday, November 11, 2016 is Veterans Day.  Semper Tek, Inc. is proud to be able to offer veterans-dayVeterans Day as a paid company holiday to our employees this year.  As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned business that currently employs seven veterans/former first-responders, we believe it is important to take time on that day to remember or engage with those who have served or are currently serving.

Ever wonder why Veterans Day occurs on November 11th?  In case you don’t know, here is some of the history of how the day was first confirmed as a holiday.

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.

To read more about this history of this day click here.

If you would like to find ways to serve the veterans of your community this Veterans Day, or throughout the year, please click here.

 


Semper Tek, Inc. offers Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Services

Semper Tek, Inc. began its Facilities and Grounds Maintenance Division nearly three years ago. Today our firm’s Joint Venture company, RDT-Semper Tek JV, LLC holds two USACE MATOC contracts for
IMG_1395municipal services and facilities maintenance.

Mr. Chad Howard is Semper Tek’s Maintenance Division Manager. He is the project manager for the Municipal Services Contract for the 81st Readiness Support Command Centers.  Under this contract (W912HP-14-D-0014) Mr. Howard manages subcontractors and self-performs services including janitorial cleaning of offices, grounds-keeping (mowing, edging, blowing, etc.), and trash collection and disposal at seven Army Depot sites in Kentucky.

Semper Tek, Inc. also has the ability to provide snow removal services in and around the Lexington, KY area.  Our firm has a large truck, snow plow, and salt spreader.

After receiving our Kentucky certification as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business in August, Semper Tek, Inc. looks forward to pursuing opportunities to compete for local and state facilities maintenance contracts to be able to expand this sector of our business.

Click here to download our Facilities Maintenance Brochure.


Semper Tek, Inc. launches new blog and website

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website and blog!  We will use this site to showcase our latest projects, share about our community service work, and connect with clients, subcontractors, and potential employees.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with our projects by adding pictures to the photo galleries of  our project profiles. We also hope that users of the site enjoy the opportunity to download several pieces of information about our firm and projects.  Our current Capability Statement can be found on our About Us page, and project profiles of each of our highlighted projects can be saved to your computer.

You can also easily share comments with us using the contact us feature, or if you wish to do business with our firm, you can complete the online Subcontractor Pre-qualification form.  This site makes it easy to connect with our social media pages as well.

We hope you enjoy our new website and blog!  Special thanks to Scott Dudgeon Graphic Design for helping us build the new site!


Semper Tek receives Kentucky SDVOSB Certification

Semper Tek, Inc. received the Kentucky Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Certification on August 18, 2016. Our firm is one of the first nine businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to obtain the newly-created certification.

Governor Bevin signs House Bill 183 into law on August 5, 2016 in Frankfort, KY.

Governor Bevin signs House Bill 183 into law on August 5, 2016 in Frankfort, KY.

Semper Tek, Inc. is already verified through the Federal verification program. This new program creates additional opportunity to compete for contracts with state agencies.

The KY program was created through the legislative process earlier this year. HB 183 established the KY SDVOSB Certification as a way to promote and enhance business opportunities for Veterans in the Commonwealth, and other states with SDVOSB certification programs.

Semper Tek, Inc. was invited to attend the signing of Bill 183 into law August 5, 2016. Our firm is excited about the small business advancements, specifically those for Disabled Veterans, that Governor Bevin is creating in Kentucky.


KY Veteran-Owned Small Business Award Winner!

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Proud Recipient of the SBA Kentucky District
2016 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award

Semper Tek, Inc. is a Center for Veterans Enterprises verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned company. Our firm specializes in conventional and design/build construction for various federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, US Department of Agriculture and The Department of Veterans Affairs. It is our vision to establish Semper Tek as the premier SDVOSB in the region in terms of reliability, safety, quality, and service to our customers. We intend to accomplish these goals by providing customer oriented service, quality work in a safe environment and timely delivery of projects.

Our firm employs only experienced professionals and subcontractors who are thoroughly familiar with federal procurement and acquisition regulations.