Plantation, Fla. and Washington, D.C., August 31, 2016: U.S. service men and women at Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram, Afghanistan, will soon have a new 20’x 30’ American flag to honor their sacrifice, courtesy of Adopt-A-Solder Platoon and DHL Express.
U.S. troops wheeled through the emergency room and trauma center at the “Warrior’s Way” area at Craig Hospital are greeted by the oversized flag, which is suspended from the ceiling and serves as an emotional reminder of their patriotism and sacrifice. Because of Afghanistan’s harsh climate, the flag needs to be replaced every few years. As they did two years ago, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and DHL Express teamed up to make this special delivery, with AaSP obtaining the new flag from Annin Flagmakers, the country’s oldest and largest flag manufacturer, and DHL using its international shipping network to ensure its arrival at the hospital.
Before the flag was shipped out, representatives from Adopt-A-Soldier Platoon and DHL Express met with military organizations and leaders on Tuesday, August 30, for a brief ceremony at the Pentagon.
“As we approach the fifteenth anniversary of September 11, we are honored to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of our U.S. troops,” said Christine Nashick, Chief Marketing Officer of DHL Express Americas. “Our company has a long history of supporting our military. Being able to leverage our international resources is just a small way of thanking all those who have served to keep us safe.”
“DHL Express has been a great partner with Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon,” said Alan Krutchkoff, President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon. “Comforting our troops and improving their morale has been a constant during our steadfast relationship with the company since 2005. This is another great example.”
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