A Salute to Veterans on Veteran’s Day

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Amereican Flag display commemorating national holidayCummins has always been a leader. A leader in the marketplace, a leader of innovative technologies and a leader in emission solutions. Yesterday proved no different.

On Nov. 11, companies, individuals and families around the United States celebrated Veteran’s Day. A day that honors those who selflessly volunteered to serve our nation in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

At Noon, a large group gathered at the Cummins Office Building (COB) to help lead Cummins in honoring a few of our own veterans.  Prior to the ceremony, hundreds of employees from Southern Indiana submitted photos and biographies of close family and friends who serve in the military. Those photos – many of which featured current and former Cummins employees who have served their country – were placed on display at the COB.

During the ceremony, the Richards Elementary School choir sang patriotic songs while the audience attempted to hold back tears. Brandi Kammel, a Cummins employee and a veteran herself, shared an emotional and heart-felt story of what Veterans Day is and what it means to her.

Those in attendance then recognized Herschel O’Shaughnessey, a 94-year old Cummins retiree and conflict veteran of WWII and the Korean War. Finally, the Bartholomew County Honor Guard presented a touching flag-folding ceremony while explaining the meaning of each fold.

After the ceremony, as attendees walked around the main lobby of the COB, they were invited to browse the photos and bios of Cummins employees who have served in the military. Stationed near the front of the lobby, one display stood out. It featured the photos of J. Irwin Miller, Henry Schacht and Jim Henderson, three former Cummins executives who shared a common bond – each proudly served their country as veterans of the U.S. Navy.

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