One of our company’s eight core values is patriotism, and we are deeply committed to serving our military heroes and their families both at home and abroad. As the leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries, SpartanNash – through our MDV military division – sees firsthand the sacrifices our servicemen and women make to protect our freedoms every day.
SpartanNash proudly employs more than 700 military veterans and family members. As a company, we are committed to hiring, training and retaining veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen and their families in partnership with national and government organizations and initiatives. In 2016, we were named a bronze-level Veteran Friendly Employer by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, and in 2014, SpartanNash was honored with the Patriot Award from ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) for its continued support of its associates who are deployed while working for the company.
SpartanNash is excited to partner with WGVU Public Media on LZ Michigan, a large-scale community event designed to remember and celebrate veterans of all wars and their families. This event is projected to draw 10,000-15,000 people from around the state of Michigan, to honor veterans and their commitment to our country.
On Saturday, September 23, various activities will take place from noon to 10 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, Mich. (just north of Grand Rapids, where SpartanNash has been headquartered for 100 years). During the day, visitors will be able to browse dozens of national displays and memorials including the Wall That Heals, the Vietnam Big Map and the Wall of Faces. There will also be interactive exhibits, a women’s expo, informational sessions and activities for all ages.
Starting at 6 p.m., there will be a formal program inside the ballpark that honors and remembers those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. There will be inspirational speakers, entertainment and portions of the Ken Burns documentary, “The Vietnam War,” will be shown. SpartanNash will also be presenting Honor and Remember flags to families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
If you have a family member that was killed in the Vietnam War and are interested in receiving a personalized Honor and Remember flag in their memory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are complimentary but are required for admission to LZ Michigan. Tickets are available at all Family Fare, D&W, ValuLand, VG’s and Forest Hills Foods locations throughout the state of Michigan. Find a location near you.