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Neptune honors veterans


On Monday, Nov. 11, Neptune honored employee veterans with a luncheon and presentation by guest speaker Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Brian Schooley. Each veteran was presented with a recognition gift from Neptune along with thoughtful cards and messages from fourth graders from Tallassee Elementary School.

This marks the fifth year Neptune has honored its veterans with a special luncheon, but this year, they added a new twist – a singing tribute by members of the Tallassee High School Choir, led by Director Michael Bird. The choir was also joined by several members of the Tallassee High School National Honor Society who volunteered their time to help with this event. After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the audience enjoyed songs like “God Bless America,” “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee),” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and a beautiful four-part rendition of “Alabama,” celebrating our state’s upcoming Bicentennial.

But that’s not all.

The choir group was then escorted into Neptune’s Factory, Foundry, and Engineering center where they performed beautiful renditions of those same inspirational tunes. This was a special treat for many Neptune employees.

It should not go unnoticed that Tallassee High School was not in session on Monday; the school was closed for the holiday. Neptune would like to offer sincere appreciation to these students for volunteering their time off in order to recognize Veterans Day. We would also like to thank the members of the fourth grade class who made cards for us to share with Neptune’s veterans. We are most grateful to our veterans for their service and for providing us the freedom to live and work in a community that fosters this type of caring for others.