NEW YORK – October 17, 2011 – The United War Veterans Council, organizer of New York City's Veterans Day Parade, the largest in the nation, announced today that Chase is the lead sponsor for the November 11, 2011, parade up Fifth Avenue.
"Chase is putting boots on the ground with its generous support for New York City's Veterans Day Parade, an opportunity for all of us to honor the men and women who have answered their country's call to service," said United War Veterans Council President Vincent McGowan.
"Perhaps more important, Chase is driving an initiative with other corporate partners to hire veterans. They know that hiring these dedicated men and women who have demonstrated skills, discipline and dedication to a larger purpose is good business," McGowan added.
"We are honored to be a part of the New York City Veterans Day Parade and its long, proud tradition of honoring those who serve our great country," said Frank Bisignano, JPMorgan Chase Chief Administrative Officer and CEO of Mortgage Banking. "This Parade is the leading event in our nation to celebrate the service of those brave servicemembers who put their lives at risk every day to protect this country and our way of life."
Bisignano will serve as the co-chairman and lead Grand Marshal of this year's parade, and Chase will have 200 employees marching in the parade, mainly veterans and their families. As part of its commitment to supporting military and veterans, earlier this year, Chase launched the "100,000 Jobs Mission" with 10 other initial partner companies in a commitment to collectively hire 100,000 transitioning military members and other veterans by 2020.
The coalition is currently seeking other like-minded firms to join them in their efforts to employ military veterans. For more information about the "100,000 Jobs Mission," please visit 100000jobsmission.com.
Constellations Group, a business development firm in NYC, has helped United War Veterans Council with establishing a sponsor.
The annual Veterans Day Parade begins November 11 at 10 a.m. with a memorial ceremony including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries in Madison Square Park at 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The parade steps off at 11:11 a.m. and proceeds north on Fifth Avenue to 56th Street.
More than 20,000 people, including 27 active military units from all branches, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation march in the parade.
Military dignitaries in the parade include:
FOX 5 will provide live parade coverage from noon to 3 p.m., and the parade will be broadcast Armed Forces Television to military installations around the world. For more information on the New York City Veterans Day Parade, please visit http://www.nycveteransdaycelebrations.com
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase is New York City's largest private employer with more than 27,000 employees. Chase serves New York City consumers and businesses through more than 370 bank branches and more than 1,800 ATMs. In 2010, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation contributed $27 million to nonprofit organizations in New York City, focusing on community development, education and arts & culture.