Ford Fund Sends World War II Veterans to Visit World War II Memorial in D.C.
- Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring two flights for
World War II veterans to visit the National World War II Memorial in
- The first of two flights will transport Michigan World War II veterans on Nov. 4
- Ford has provided more than $6 million in support of veterans since 1974
Ford Motor Company
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 4, 2011
President and CEO
Alan Mulally Greets
WWII veteran Richard
Melcher at the airport
before the trip
- One week before Veterans
Day, Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring a Pride and Honor Flight for
more than 30 World War II Michigan veterans to visit the World War II
Memorial in Washington, D.C.
all in their late 80s and 90s, and their guardians will receive a
festive send-off on Nov. 4 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Ford
employees and others. After their arrival in Washington, D.C., the
veterans will be greeted by members of Congress and Ford employees at
the Memorial, and will receive letters of appreciation from Ford
employees, family members and others.
daylong trip is being organized as part of the Honor Flight Network. A
second flight for Kentucky veterans will take place on D-Day on June 6,
"This is a small gesture in recognition
of the service and bravery of these soldiers some 70 years ago," said
Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "For many, this will be
their first visit to the national memorial dedicated in their honor."
Motor Company recently received the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer
Support Freedom Award for its assistance to Ford employees in the
National Guard and Reserve. It is the highest honor bestowed by the
Department of Defense for America's employers who provide exceptional
support to their employees. Ford is one of 15 companies nationwide
selected for this award out of more than 4,000 nominations.
Motor Company has a long history of supporting veterans and military
personnel. Since 1974, Ford Motor Company and Ford Fund have provided
more than $6 million to veterans organizations, including ongoing
support to the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. With
support from Ford Fund, 156 vehicles have been added to the network,
which provides free rides for disabled veterans to and from medical
The Ford Veterans Network Group,
one of Ford's corporately supported Employee Resource Groups, sponsors
activities throughout the year in support of its veterans, military
personnel and their families. Ford has about 30 U.S. employees actively
serving in the military and employs about 700 U.S. Reservists and
Guardsmen, along with more than 7,000 U.S. veterans.
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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners
to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and
community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has
operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The
award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers
through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in
education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high
school learning and provide college scholarships and university
grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 27,000 Ford
employees and retirees work on projects each year that better their
communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
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