Communities Pay Tribute to Troops and Veterans through “Wall of Honor” in all U.S. Wal-Mart Stores and SAM’S CLUBS
As Part of Ongoing Support for Servicemen and Women, Wal-Mart and Eastman Kodak Announce New Partnership with Department of Defense’s ‘America Supports You’ Program
BENTONVILLE, Ark, October 25, 2005 – As United States troops continue to serve our country and defend our freedom, Americans are reminded of the gratitude we owe our military and veterans of war. Throughout the year, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. supports American veterans, service members and their families. In honor of Veterans Day, beginning in mid-October through November 11, Wal-Mart stores and SAM’S CLUBS across the U.S. will create their annual in-store “Wall of Honor” to recognize military men and women currently serving our country, as well as the veterans who have fought to protect our freedom. During this time, customers wishing to honor their “hero” who has served or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are invited to bring a photo to any U.S. Wal-Mart or SAM’S CLUB Photo Center to be included on the Wall.
Also this month, Wal-Mart and Eastman Kodak Company have joined America Supports You, a nationwide Department of Defense campaign that highlights military support and encourages others to share their gratitude for the troops. Although Wal-Mart and Kodak began the “Wall of Honor” program in 1998, this new partnership further highlights the shared commitment to honoring those who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours. Wal-Mart will also engage in other activities to support our service men and women, families and veterans over the coming months and year.
Customers will have their choice of one of the two packages courtesy of Kodak. The first package includes two free 5”x7” prints. One of the prints will be placed in a decorative photo holder and added to the wall among other honored veterans and military men and women of that local community and the other print will be given to the customer free of charge. The second package includes one 5”x7” print, one 3.5”x5” print and two wallet sized photos. The 5”x7” will be placed on the “Wall of Honor.” One wallet sized print will be placed in a “Badge of Honor” and given to the customer along with the second wallet and 3.5”x5” print.
“Veterans Day reminds us how important it is to remember and honor those who serve and protect our country,” said Betsy Reithemeyer, vice president of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “We started the Wall of Honor at Wal-Mart seven years ago as a way to help our communities pay tribute to those who bravely serve our nation. We are happy to have joined forces with the Department of Defense’s America Supports You team to continue honoring the men and women who defend our freedom everyday.”
“Wal-Mart and Kodak are true champions for our military men and women and this is yet another way to show their strong support,” said Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. “We are excited about this new partnership with Wal-Mart and Kodak and are looking forward to working with them as they continue to support our troops and their families.”
In addition to the “Wall of Honor,” more than 3,700 Message Books for our troops will be placed in each Wal-Mart, SAM’S CLUBS and Neighborhood Markets throughout the U.S. for associates and customers to sign. As in years past, Wal-Mart with the assistance of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation will send these books, filled with messages of hope, support and thanks from community members, loved ones and veterans to our U.S. troops this holiday season.
"For more information about Wal-Mart’s continuing support of our military and other community giving programs, logon on to www.walmartfacts.com or www.walmartfoundation.org. To learn more about America Supports You and the stories of Americans supporting the troops, please log on to www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil.
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About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM’S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company’s securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com. Press releases and other Wal-Mart facts are available at www.walmartfacts.com.
About America Supports You
Since the launch of the America Supports You campaign last November, more than one million Americans, including citizens, businesses and organizations have logged onto AmericaSupportsYou.mil to register the activities and projects in their communities that show their support for America’s Armed Forces, especially those serving in harm’s way.
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, print and view images—for memories, information, business and entertainment. With sales of $ 13.5 billion in 2004, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on four businesses: Digital and Film Imaging Systems – providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; Health – supplying the medical and dental professions with traditional and digital imaging and information systems, IT solutions and services; Graphic Communications – providing customers with a range of solutions for prepress, traditional and digital printing, and document scanning and multi vendor IT services; Display and Components – supplying original equipment manufacturers with imaging sensors as well as intellectual property and materials for the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and LCD display industries. More information about Kodak (EK) is available at www.kodak.com.