Veterans plant 1,500 flags in Whippany, plan Toys for Tots Drive

Veterans planted 1,500 U.S. flags at Whippany Actuation Systems. Photo by Lech Sierpowski
Veterans planted 1,500 U.S. flags at Whippany Actuation Systems. Photo by Lech Sierpowski

By the Veterans Network Team of Whippany Actuation Systems

Company names may change, but it’s business as usual on this Veterans Day for the Veterans Network Team at the newly formed Whippany Actuation Systems, said Veterans Network Team Leader Lech Sierpowski.

The company formerly known as “GE Aviation,” at 110 Algonquin Parkway in Whippany, recently was obtained by Whippany Actuation Systems. Lech is a proud Marine and former operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran employed by Whippany Actuation Systems.

Veterans planted 1,500 U.S. flags at Whippany Actuation Systems. Photo by Lech Sierpowski
Veterans planted 1,500 U.S. flags at Whippany Actuation Systems for Veterans Day. Photo by Lech Sierpowski

In honor and celebration of Veterans Day, the Veterans Network team continues to march forward and continue its annual tradition of  “Planting Flags” along the company grounds, with flags donated by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 493 out of Nutley, NJ, where Lech has been a longtime member.

Lech and fellow team members John Mazzella and James Lipscomb, both former Army National Guard and Navy service members and Veterans, volunteered their time on Saturday  to assist in planting approximately 1,500 flags with military precision throughout the company grounds, as a sign of patriotism to their brothers and sisters who have served and continue to serve.

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“Our goal was to show the local community that we recognize their service and we never forget their sacrifices, especially by all the Veterans currently employed by Whippany Actuation Systems,” said Lech.

The company encourages and Supports the Veterans community tremendously, not only out of respect for our employees but also to our customers.

Whippany Actuation Systems supports the Aviation community on many different platforms, both commercial and military. This includes everything from civilian commercial aerospace to unmanned aircraft, helicopters, jet fighters and ground vehicles.

We have a very healthy and active veterans community internally that recognizes all national holidays and veteran-sponsored activities and fundraisers. This is an immense morale boosters for the employees, team members, and especially the folks we impact with these organized events. The culture here is to be proud of our Veterans, proud to be American, and proud to work for such a fine company.

This is the busiest time for the Veterans Network team because of the holidays. The “Planting of the Flags” begins the start of our Toys for Tots program, which is directly supported by our close friends from the local chapter of the Marine Corps League.

Located in Whippany, the LCPL Robert J. Slattery Detachment # 206 is led by a close friend of Lech’s: Commandant Keith T. Butler.

We are an official drop-off location, and we are collecting new and unopened toys for the Marines that will be distributed throughout New Jersey to serve all children and families in need during the holidays.

We invite our employees and local community to participate and think of us first when planning to donate toys this holiday season. We are located at 110 Algonquin Parkway, Whippany NJ.

God Bless the United States of America and the Veterans that help preserve the freedoms our forefathers fought so hard to preserve.


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