In a salute to war veterans, Langley Federal Credit Union demonstrated anew its support for the military by becoming a “platinum sponsor” for a newly erected Veterans Tribute Tower being dedicated Friday in Williamsburg, Va.
The $1.6 billion Langley of Newport News, Va. said it was “deeply honored” to be part of the weekend festivities including a Saturday parade in Williamsburg as part of the “11/11/11” commemoration.
Langley officials said also its participation in the dedication of the 32-foot high bell tower in a Williamsburg park underscores a new CU project to provide assistance to returning Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers suffering from traumatic stress disorder.
“We’re participating because the weekend event is a kickoff of an effort to provide much-needed support to our brave military members returning from war zones, especially reservists who encounter problems re-entering the workforce,” explained Brett T. Noll, senior vice president/chief marketing officer at Langley FCU.
As a platinum sponsor for the Virginia Veterans Tribute weekend, Langley joins two other prime backers, the Verdin Co., the Cincinnati manufacturer of clock towers, and Leebcor Services Inc., a Williamsburg contractor serving the military.
“Langley sponsored this event because 11-11-11 only happens once every hundred years and the clock tower will remain as a permanent tribute to our nation’s veterans and will certainly be a focal point in our community,” said Noll.
Verdin said the Williamsburg tower is the fourth of these Veteran Tribute Towers erected in cites nationally to honor veterans. The Williamsburg tower like the others, “salutes the past, honors the present and inspires the future.”
Verdin has also produced similar pieces for the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Notre Dame and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
In bringing the bell foundry from Cincinnati to Williamsburg, Verdin said a group of Patriot Riders on motorcycles serving as escorts will be met Saturday at the Virginia border in a special ceremony.