On Armed Forces Day in the U.S., several volunteers from the DuPont Spruance plant participated in a "Welcome Home" parade for military veterans in downtown Richmond, Va., followed by a Veterans' Resource Fair. The events were organized by the Richmond Navy League to honor U.S. veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces currently serving their country. DuPont was one of several companies sponsoring the parade and resource fair.
"Our DuPont Protection Technologies products, especially Nomex® and Kevlar®, play a key role in saving the lives of soldiers so they can return home safely to their families,” said Plant Manager Joe Internicola. “This event represented a great opportunity to show our DuPont support of the military through both our people and our products. I was very proud of the employees, many of whom are veterans themselves, who gave their time and commitment to this worthwhile community outreach event.”
The veterans' parade featured more than 60 entries, including the DuPont Spruance fire truck and several volunteers from the site's Medical and Emergency Response Team (MERT). Parade volunteers from the site's MERT team included: Ralph McGuire, Tim Sharpe, Charlene Spurlock, B. J. Andrews, George Hopson and Lee Hairston. Many Richmond-area veterans' support organizations also participated in the parade. Faye Crenshaw, DuPont Protection Technologies (DPT) administrative assistant, volunteered for Blue Star Families of Richmond, an organization of mothers with active duty personnel that support the troops.
The DuPont Spruance Veterans' Network, led by Ed Flanagan, Kevlar® area manager, sponsored a booth at the fair, which provided information on services, resources and employment opportunities available to veterans. Spruance Veterans' Network volunteers Ken Blankenship and Betty Mobley interacted with veterans, military personnel and family members, and distributed information about DuPont products and employment opportunities.