Every November 11th, our Nation pays tribute to the millions of military veterans who have served the United States as members of our Armed Forces. Astellas hosted its first commemoration ceremony on Veterans Day, 2014 to remember the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in previous wars, who are serving today and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The event featured distinguished speakers, including Retired Colonel Jayson Sawyer, United States Army, Retired General James Mukoyama, United States Army, and Former Army Captain and Astellas employee Luke Freshwater. To further honor the nation's veterans, a large ribbon made by an arrangement of illuminated office lights was visible to commuters passing Astellas' Northbrook building.
This event was the first of the company's new Astellas Veterans and Active Military Employee Resource Group (ERG) supporting the interests of employees and their family members who are veterans and active military. The group is an internal community committed to empowering the company's military affiliated workforce to prioritize their health and wellness and to ensure they are experiencing fulfilling lives, both personally and professionally. In its first call-to-action, the ERG launched a donation drive to send comfort kits to military personnel stationed in Afghanistan over the holidays.
Astellas hosted its first commemoration ceremony on Veterans Day, 2014 to remember the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.