Disney Shares Heartfelt Veterans Day Messages

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Credit: Jeff Vahle Instagram

Veterans Day is an annual event that is near and dear to The Walt Disney Company.

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Credit: Jeff Vahle/Disney

Disney has long supported military families. From their partnership with the United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program to their discounted military tickets to the existence of the Shades of Green resort hotel on Walt Disney World Resort property, Disney ensures that U.S. military families are taken care of to the best of their ability.

Today, to commemorate Veterans Day, The Walt Disney Company and numerous Disney Parks executives made touching social media posts celebrating America’s veterans.

Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle took to Instagram to write:

Honored to attend a moving sunrise flag-raising ceremony this morning in #MagicKingdom to recognize not only our Cast Members who have served in uniform but all Veterans who have defended our freedoms. #ThankYouforYourService #VeteransDay #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyMagicMoments

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, — although Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park remain closed —  Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock also shared a heartfelt Veterans Day post with his followers, writing:

This #VeteransDay, we honor our veteran Cast Members, guests and fans – thank you for your service to our country. On this day of remembrance, I’m proud to share this picture of my dad, Herman Hy Potrock, a World War II veteran of the European Theater. He was also a proud volunteer at the Veterans Administration for the last two decades of his life. #ThankYouforYourService

Disney Parks Blog also posted an article honoring veterans on this special day. Disney’s official post included the following video of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ recent flyover of Walt Disney World’s theme parks.

Disney also shared these details about how they honor veterans in all Disney Parks on a daily basis:

You can also find tributes to veterans every single day at our Disney Parks. Here at Walt Disney World, statues of Walt and Roy Disney grace each end of Main Street, U.S.A., and the brothers each served in uniform during World War I. In fact, Roy was recuperating in a veterans’ hospital when Walt visited him and pitched the idea for what became The Walt Disney Company.

Nearby, on Seven Seas Lagoon, another homage to veterans often passes unnoticed. Navy Admiral Joe Fowler and Army General Joe Potter were each essential to the creation of The Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. In 1997, Disney honored these two flag-rank veterans by naming the ever-popular Seven Seas Lagoon ferryboats after them.

The entire ITM team would like to send our heartfelt appreciation to all American veterans today and every day. Thank you for your service!

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