A look back on Remember. Honor. Support. 2018
Every May our company holds its annual Remember. Honor. Support initiative, which is a company-wide effort that supports National Military Appreciation month (NMAM) – a time when the nation is given the opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present.
Our gratitude can in no way match our veterans and service members’ sacrifices but we acknowledge their contribution by coming together as a company to Remember. Honor. Support. Through this effort employees rally together and participate in several company-sponsored events and volunteer opportunities that support the United States military.
Let’s take a closer look at the highlights from Remember. Honor. Support. 2018.
Digital Honor Wall and Double Match
This year, and every NMAM, we double gift-match our employee donations to selected charity partners that support veteran causes. This year, we were able to raise $120,000 to support these groups. Additionally, employees were once again invited to honor and pay tribute to loved ones who have served or are currently serving on our Digital Military Honor Wall. Because this honor wall is online, employees across our company can view these photos and stories and show their appreciation and respect for the sacrifices and achievements made by our men and women in uniform. Our employees honored more than 275 service members to date.
Springing into Action
It wouldn’t be NMAM without our employees getting out from their offices, facilities, or customer sites and into their communities.
Habitat for Humanity
Throughout the year, and especially during NMAM, employees from across the company team up with Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build (HHVB) – an initiative committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who served in the U. S. Military
Alongside HHVB, employees from our San Diego shipyard helped local U.S. Coast Guard veteran Charles Morris who began his service in 1972, patrolling the pacific coast ensuring compliance with state regulations for the safekeeping of our costal wildlife. To help modify his home, our employees cleaned and primed areas around his home for a fresh coat of paint.
In Sterling Heights, Mich., employees dedicated one of their days off from work to join Macomb Habitat for Humanity with build and repair assistance to the home of a disabled U.S. Army Veteran married couple. In just one day, the volunteers built a brand new porch entrance to the home and completed interior repairs and painting.
In Northern Virginia, our employees showed up to help Jim, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was forced out of his home after a devastating fire. Through HHVB, our employees helped rebuild Jim’s home. This effort also marked Habitat's 100th construction project in Northern Virginia.
In upstate New York, our Endicott employees helped raise more than $300,000 by supporting the annual Tournament for the Troops golf outing for the Army’s Fort Drum. Employees from New England to San Diego turned out in force to volunteer for “Together Day”, an annual day of service which supported many military-focused charities like, The Fisher House Foundation. Through fundraising events such as flower sales, packing personal care bags, and more, Together Day raised more than $20,000 to help one of our partner charities, The Fisher House Foundation
Our company once again held the Honoring Our Heroes baseball game series where we donate baseball tickets to organizations, like Operation Homefront, and host military servicemembers and their families at various baseball stadiums to enjoy family fun and a night of baseball. In Washington, DC, more than 1,200 employees, 200 military members, and their families attended a Washington Nationals game, while 250 military families were on hand to cheer the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to victory.
Honor Our Heroes baseball games
Let's go Nats!
Families enjoying the fun!
Give 'em five!
Go Blue Crabs!
Hugs To Go, Mission Continues, and more!
In Arlington, Va., employees volunteered to pack 550 “Hugs To Go” bags with goodies and activities, which were given to children attending the 24th Annual National Military Survivor Good Grief Camp, hosted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), during Memorial Day weekend.
“BAE Systems is a longtime supporter of the TAPS program and the great work that they do. We are proud to partner with this organization to deliver 'Hugs To Go' bags that will help to bring smiles to the children's faces and let them know that they are not alone in their grief," said Cortney Miller, director of Community Investment at BAE Systems.
Also in the DC-area, employees volunteered with The Mission Continues at the Browne Education Center in SE DC for an impactful day of service this May where they lent a hand to restore a school garden that became overgrown and underutilized. The tasks for the day included weeding, mulching, planting, building new benches, as well as painting murals and planter boxes throughout the courtyard area.
Hugs To Go, Mission Continues, and more!
Supporting the Browne Education Center
Supporting the local community
Partnering with the Mission Continues
Hugs to Go
Flag Dedication Ceremonies
BAE Systems sites across the U.S. continued their annual tradition and hosted flag dedication ceremonies along with a moment of silence. These events are organized by the Veteran’s Support Network employee resource group to provide an opportunity to engage all employees and bring attention to the importance of Memorial Day.
Remember. Honor. Support. Every Day
The beacon of freedom continues to shine from sea to shining sea thanks to the brave men and women who risk everything to protect our nation and way of life. Although National Military Appreciation Month has ended, our support to our uniformed heroes continues. And we encourage everyone to remember, honor, and support our service members both past and present every day of the year.