NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Join U-Haul on Friday, November 11, as we honor our nation's heroes and pay tribute to and support our veterans and troops throughout the world, through our sponsorship of the 92nd annual New York City Veterans Day Parade. The theme for this year's parade is "Never Forget," in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
U-Haul will be honoring the men and women of the armed forces, past and present, by joining the parade with commemorative SuperGraphic trucks, which pay homage to each branch of our military, along with the United We Stand SuperGraphic and the Wounded Warrior Project – Soldier Ride SuperGraphic. These trucks will be proudly displayed along with the U-Haul Freedom Float, which will carry New York City's very own United We Sing. This singing trio will perform patriotic songs throughout the parade route.
U-Haul, founded by World War II Navy veteran L.S. "Sam" Shoen and his wife Anna Mary Carty Shoen, designed and dedicated five vibrant military SuperGraphics to honor the five branches of the military — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, and to show our support for the men and women who have served and are still proudly serving in the armed services. U-Haul created the United We Stand SuperGraphic in honor of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to the courageous rescuers who died trying to save them. The Wounded Warrior Project -- Soldier Ride SuperGraphic is dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have been injured in conflicts around the world.
As one of the lead parade entries, U-Haul will be honoring veterans by distributing flags and red, white and blue "Support Our Troops" ribbon magnets to spectators along the parade route.
"For the eighth year in a row, we are privileged to again be one of the title sponsors of the 2011 'Freedom Is Not Free' Veterans Day Parade," stated U-Haul Executive Vice President Stuart Shoen. "U-Haul and our many team members have supported our military personnel since 1945 and have given a high priority to veterans in our recruiting process. U-Haul simply wants to give back to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom."
"U-Haul has been a backbone in our nation's growth. It was conceived in serving our nation and has kept that pledge and promise ever since," exclaimed Pat Gualtieri, executive director, United War Veterans Council. "Veterans and military alike know they have a friend in U-Haul, who is one of our country's largest supporters of these proud men and women."