On Veterans Day, Massey Services Says “Thank You”

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Lakeland Service Center General Manager Willi Davi helps local elementary school children honor our veterans.

As our nation recognizes Veterans Day, Massey Services expresses its appreciation to those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Team Members from our Lakeland (Florida) Service Center have been busy this week honoring those who have served. On Wednesday, they visited a local elementary school, where students invited relatives who had served in the military to come to the school for a special program honoring them for their service. More than 70 veterans were honored during the event, and the students had the opportunity to learn about Veterans Day.

On Thursday, Lakeland General Manager Willi Davi organized a Salute to Veterans at a local Cancer Treatment facility, and on Veterans Day, he will spend the morning visiting veterans in nursing homes and the afternoon helping with a large veteran celebration at a local church. A veteran himself, Willi served in the United States Marine Corp from 1983-1987

Massey Services has a history of honoring our veterans. In 2012, Massey Services pledged $250,000 to build the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Nona, FL.

At a press conference announcing the founding gift, Chairman and CEO Harvey L. Massey said, “We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation the world has ever known and the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park allows us to remember those who have fallen while fighting for our freedom, liberty and the opportunities that are afforded to us each day.”

On behalf of Massey Services, we salute the men and women who have served or are serving our country.

Veterans Day: Remembering Those Who Served

Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park

Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park

As our nation recognizes Veterans Day, Massey Services expresses its appreciation to those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day originated from the armistice that went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 – November 11, 1918 – putting an end to the fighting during World War I. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, a day to reflect “with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory…”

After World War II, the 83rd Congress amended an earlier act that made the day a legal holiday, striking the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With approval of this legislation, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Congress passed a resolution in 1926, calling upon officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting people to observe Armistice Day with ”appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

For a short time in the early seventies, the Uniform Holiday Bill established that Veterans Day was to be observed on a Monday to provide a three-day weekend for Federal employees, but many states continued to celebrate the day on its original date. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a public law, which returned the observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978.

Carol and Harvey L. Massey at the Central Florida Veterans Memorial

Carol and Harvey L. Massey

In 2012, Massey Services pledged $250,000 to build the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Nona, FL.

At a press conference announcing the founding gift, Chairman and CEO Harvey L. Massey said, “We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation the world has ever known and the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park allows us to remember those who have fallen while fighting for our freedom, liberty and the opportunities that are afforded to us each day.”

On behalf of Massey Services, we salute the men and women who have served or are serving our country.

Massey Services Pledges $250,000 to the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park

On June 27, 2012, Massey Services pledged $250,000 to the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park. This park, which depends exclusively on donations, will honor Central Floridians who died while serving our country. The park will be located adjacent to the VA Medical Center which is currently under construction in Lake Nona, FL. Our donation is the largest contribution to date for the construction of the Memorial and as part of this pledge, the amphitheater in the park will be named after Harvey and Carol Massey, their family and Massey Services.

The Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park is being developed:

  • To remember those who gave their lives for our country
  • To provide a place of healing for those who have lost loved ones fighting for our country
  • To educate and remind us of the sacrifices our citizens have made so that we can live in a free nation

In a press conference yesterday, Mr. Massey expressed “Massey Services is truly honored to support this memorial.  We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation the world has ever known and the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park allows us to remember those who have fallen while fighting for our freedom, liberty and the opportunities that are afforded to us each day.”

Mr. Jerry Pierce and Mr. Jim Donovan (CFVMPF) with Harvey L. Massey and Tony Massey

As we celebrate the 4th of July, it is a great time to remember, honor and thank the men and women who have served or are serving our country.

If you are interested in learning more about this Memorial, visit the website at:  CFVMPH.org.