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Mercury Marine event honors military veterans

In what has become an annual event, Mercury Marine honored military veterans with a celebration at the company’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Wednesday.

The day started with a message of thanks at 11:11 a.m. and was followed by a presentation honoring Mercury Marine veterans past and present.

Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer, Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs secretary John Scocos and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary Reggie Newson were among those on hand for the presentation.

“We will continue to recognize all military veterans at Mercury Marine and in our communities, as well as those that support them,” Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said in a statement. "Today is about celebrating the work and freedom that our veterans have provided for us."

Mercury Marine said it has seen continued growth in veteran employment at its global headquarters and continues to seek employees that are reliable and dedicated. Through its Mercury Marine Military Veteran Employee Network the company unites, promotes, honors, attracts, engages and promotes the hiring of veterans.

Mercury unveiled a traveling veteran’s award showcase where company awards related to veterans will be on display. Mercury has won awards such as Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and GI Jobs, and it most recently earned the ESGR Pro Patria award, which is given annually to a company that has demonstrated the greatest support to National Guard and Reserve employees.

Mercury Marine also recently won the Above and Beyond Award, which according to the ESGR website is given to companies that have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act by providing National Guard and Reserve employees with additional non-required benefits.

"Veterans continue to provide us leadership, and today is our chance to pay them back," Pfeifer said. "They pave the way for us to be a global company."

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