On this Veterans Day, we want to thank veterans for their service, sacrifice, and the freedoms that we enjoy every day. We celebrated our Louisville Water employees who are veterans this past weekend with a “reverse” parade at Southeast Christian Church. Over 10 percent of our employees are veterans, while many others are in the reserves or volunteer in programs like the Honor Flight program.
In 2020 Louisville Water marks 160 years of serving this community. Our history includes stories about how wars and veterans shaped our business. Louisville Water started just six months before the Civil War began and the unrest caused us to struggle to gain customers. In World War I, Camp Zachary Taylor was built in Louisville to train soldiers. In World War II, there were at least 41 employees away to serve. We gave tons of scrap metal to support the war effort and supported "Victory Gardens” to help with food shortages.
Louisville Water President & CEO Spencer Bruce shared with employees a powerful definition of a veteran that a friend who works at Louisville Water gave him:
“Veterans whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve, are individuals who, at one point in their lives, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of American for an amount up to and including their life. This is honor.”
This definition speaks to how much veterans have sacrificed to ensure our safety and freedom.
Veteran Mike Isgrigg, Supervisor in Distribution Operations, receives Louisville Water Veterans Day gift.
Louisville Water at 'reverse' parade on Sunday honoring veterans.