As we prepare to celebrate Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, Disney has released a heartwarming video that was inspired by a veteran honored at one of the park’s flag retreat ceremonies. Each day both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort honor the brave men and women in our armed forces with special flag retreat ceremonies.
Enjoy this video of a retired veteran whose ordinary visit to Magic Kingdom turned extraordinary (tip: may want to grab a tissue).
Disney Parks Blog gives us some insight into the video:
In the video, Steve Warner, a retired Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force, retells his experience of how he discovered the Power of Magic during a 2015 trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Steve and his son-in-law were visiting from Pennsylvania and showed up early to see one of our flag retreat ceremonies at Magic Kingdom Park. While waiting, Disney cast member, Bob, approached and asked if Steve would like to be part of the ceremony. Steve participated – and during the ceremony, Bob told him ‘Welcome home soldier.’
Later, Steve said the Disney cast member was the first person, outside of his immediate family, to meaningfully acknowledge his return from Vietnam.
Disney does have a tradition of supporting the U.S. Armed Forces. In March 2012 Disney launched the Heroes Work Here initiative. This company-wide initiative serves to hire, train and support returning veterans. Since this time more than 7,500 veterans have been hired.
To all those currently serving and who have served our great Nation, we say a very grateful Thank You!
Source: Disney Parks Blog
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