For millions of Americans, Veterans Day is an occasion to remember those living and past who have served on behalf of their country. Cities and towns all over the United States will host wreath-laying ceremonies and parades and observe moments of silence to remember those who have fallen on battlefields.
Coca-Cola Employees Send Thousands of Packages to Troops
Private sector and not-for-profit organizations also team up with communities to show support for veterans. Case in point:
Few organizations can boast of the long-standing history of support for U.S. veterans that
To make good on that promise, despite the severe rationing of staples like sugar,
Helping Veterans on Their Return Home
“Not only did our company step up to that challenge 71 years ago, we have been delivering every day since then,” says Quinton Martin, executive assistant to the office of the president,
In an effort to help bring attention to challenges many veterans face after the completion of their service, the company highlighted its veterans recruitment program and ongoing support of the United Service Organizations (USO) with its Veterans Day events.
At the event,
“The Home Depot Foundation has committed $50 million over the next three years to help build and renovate the homes of military veterans from wars past and present,” said John Phillips,
In past years
Coca-Cola also acknowledged the service and commitment of its associates who have served in the military. In particular, Steve Cahillane, the president and CEO of
Michelle Jones, director of external veteran/military affairs and community outreach with the United States Office of Personnel Management, delivered a keynote speech. This is the federal organization charged with generating jobs for veterans in the private sector, and Jones spoke to the high level of skill and commitment veterans bring to the workplace.
“Ms. Jones, a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major and the first woman to earn that honor in the U.S. Army Reserves, spoke about the advantages of hiring veterans — something that
Coca-Cola: Supporting Veterans and Their Families
Coca-Cola offered entertainment as well, including a performance by Mark Wills — a popular country music entertainer from Blue Ridge, Ga., who has toured with the USO in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The company also joined in the Georgia Veterans Day parade on Nov. 10. “The parade really helps us connect with the community,” said Phillips, who hinted that there could be additional surprises in store for visitors and veterans who visited the World of
As part of its Veterans Day support efforts,
“The entire event this year represented a big push for military awareness in the Atlanta area, especially around homeless veterans and employment opportunities for veterans,” Phillips said.
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