Mercury Marine honored past and present military veterans last Friday at the company’s headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis. A message of thanks was played at 11:11 a.m. and 11:11 p.m. throughout the campus and employees stopped working to pay tribute to the American flag.
Amber Nikloai, American Legion department adjutant, was the guest speaker at the event.
“It is our honor to celebrate women and men who have risked their lives to protect our freedom,” said Andres Gonazalez, vice president of human resources at Mercury Marine, in a statement. “We want to show our appreciation to the veterans who work at Mercury, have worked at Mercury or live in our community. It’s a great day to honor our heroes.”
Mercury and Brunswick Corp., have been honored with the parent company being named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer in 2014 and Mercury acknowledged as a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and GI Jobs.
“The goal of our Mercury Marine Military Veteran Employee Network is to unite, promote, honor, attract, engage and promote the hiring of veterans,” said Gonzalez. “We have a large sign outside of our facility that says, ‘We Hire Heroes.’ Their work ethic, dedication and commitment will be honored every day here at Mercury.”
The program also included a color guard and musical performances in honor of Veterans Day. Mercury continues to be one of the only Wisconsin manufacturers that guarantees interview to any veteran who applies for a job.