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Mercury Marine honors veterans at Wisconsin event

Mercury Marine honored past and present military veterans with a celebration Tuesday at the company’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis.

A special message of thanks was played at 11 a.m. throughout the campus.

Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary John Scocos and Lt. Col. Matt Strub, 1-147th Aviation Battalion, spoke of their military experience and thanked those in attendance for their dedication to protecting the country’s freedom.

Brunswick Corp. CEO Dusty McCoy also announced at the ceremony that Brunswick was chosen among the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers, coming in at No. 65. The annual ranking distinguishes companies with the strongest job opportunities and retention programs for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment.

“Today’s celebration was intended to honor our veterans at Mercury Marine and thank them for their service to our country,” Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer said in a statement. “These men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom, and on Veterans Day we wanted to show them our appreciation.”

Through its Mercury Marine Military Veteran Employee Network (M3VN), the company seeks to unite, promote, honor, attract, engage and promote the hiring of veterans. In 2014, Mercury Marine was named a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and GI Jobs.

“Providing career opportunities for veterans is an element of Mercury Marine's strategic hiring objectives,” said Denise Devereaux, Mercury Marine vice president of human resources. “The military teaches leadership, responsibility and teamwork, and we are a stronger company because they are part of the Mercury organization.”

Mercury pro angler and TV host Jarrett Edwards created a special thank-you to military veterans that you can see on the Mercury Marine YouTube page.

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