ATLANTA (November 9, 2018) – A new showcase exhibit will be unveiled on Veterans Day at Georgia Aquarium. The Military Salute exhibit will highlight the Aquarium’s Military Salute programming for veterans and active duty military, made possible by founding support from The Home Depot Foundation. This new display can be seen in the Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot exhibit near the ‘Watch For Divers’ bubble window and is included in general admission.
“We introduced our Military Salute programming to thank all those who have served our country,” said Hiroshi Okuda, senior director of sponsorship and corporate partnerships at Georgia Aquarium. “This programming would not have been possible without the dedicated support from The Home Depot Foundation and we are thankful for their continued support to our programming, veterans, and military families.”
Georgia Aquarium’s Military Salute programming offers the Veterans Immersion Program, Gold Star Families, and Military Mondays. The Veterans Immersion Program launched in 2008 with Military Salute forming in 2017. Along with private support, The Home Depot Foundation has been a sponsor of the Veterans Immersion Program and is the founding sponsor partner for the overall Military Salute Programming.
“Giving Back and Doing the Right Thing are two of the core values at The Home Depot. Giving back to veterans is personal to our organization as more than 35,000 of our associates have served in the military. We are thrilled to have worked closely with our hometown partners at the Georgia Aquarium and we hope that this exhibit positive impacts all attendees and recipients.”
Georgia Aquarium’s Veterans Immersion Program provides adjunct rehabilitation and reintegration therapy to wounded, ill, and injured members of the Armed Forces by getting participants in the Aquarium’s 6.3-million-gallon exhibit: Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot. A specialized team of Dive Masters lead the group through a peaceful swim or dive in the exhibit. Gold Star Families allows individuals and groups who had a family member killed in action to visit Georgia Aquarium and participate in a variety of activities. In addition, Military Mondays is open to all military personnel and provides free admission and discounts throughout November and December to active and retired members of the military.
For more information on Georgia Aquarium’s Military Salute programming please visit georgiaaquarium.org. For more information on The Home Depot Foundation please visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/community
ABOUT GEORGIA AQUARIUM
Georgia Aquarium is a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Ga. that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Georgia Aquarium is committed to working on behalf of all marine life through education, preservation, exceptional animal care, and research across the globe. Georgia Aquarium continues its mission each day to inspire, educate, and entertain its millions of guests about the aquatic biodiversity throughout the world through its hundreds of exhibits and tens of thousands of animals across its seven major galleries. For more information, visit georgiaaquarium.org
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and residents of Atlanta’s Westside community.
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