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THE UNITED STATES NAVY MEMORIAL
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September 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
United States Navy Memorial
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Yogi Berra, Estée Lauder Companies’ Leonard Lauder, and FedEx’s Fred Smith
to be Recognized for Service to Country & Community
Prominent Sea Service Veterans to Receive
Coveted Lone Sailor Award at September 22Dinner
WASHINGTON, D.C. [September 8, 2009] – Baseball legend and World War II Navy veteran Yogi Berra, cosmetic business giant and Navy veteran Leonard Lauder and FedEx founder and Vietnam Marine Corps veteran Fred Smith will be honored for their service to country and community at the United States Navy Memorial’s 2009 “Lone Sailor” Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 22. The black tie gala is set for The National Building Museum, 401 F. Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
The Lone Sailor Award is given to Sea Service veterans who have excelled with distinction in their respective civilian careers while exemplifying the Navy core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. In receiving the Lone Sailor Award, Berra, Lauder and Smith join an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience to become successful.
“Our honorees are living examples of how service to country changes lives and helps develop leaders – whether it be in the world of sports, politics, government, the private sector or the arts,” said Rear Adm. Edward K. Walker, Jr., SC, USN (Ret.), President and CEO of the United States Navy Memorial. “The common theme they all express is that their public service has given them a solid foundation for their careers and instilled in them the enduring values that propels them to continue to ‘serve’ their communities.
Baseball legend Yogi Berra does not need much of an introduction. He holds numerous World Series records, including most games by a catcher (63), hits (71), and times on a winning team (10), first in at bats, first in doubles, second in RBIs, third in home runs and BOBs. Yogi also hit the first pinch hit home run in World Series history in 1947. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra was 18 when he joined the Navy in World War II. He participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach and also served in North Africa and Italy.
Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products, with annual sales of nearly $8 billion. Its products are sold in more than 140 countries and territories under 28 well-recognized brand names. The Company is named for Lauder’s mother, who founded the company. Lauder served as President of the Company from 1972-1995 and as CEO from 1982-1999. He added the title of Chairman in 1995. Under his leadership, the Company launched many brands, including Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives and Origins. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Company also began expanding through acquisitions, including MAC, Bobbi Brown and Aveda. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Lauder also studied at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy’s Supply Corps and was recognized with its Distinguished Alumni Award.
Frederick W. Smith is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation, a $38 billion global transportation, business services and logistics company. He founded the company in 1971. Smith is responsible for providing strategic direction for all FedEx Corporation operating companies, including FedEx Services, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight. FedEx serves more than 220 countries and territories with operations that include 577 aircraft and more than 80,000 vehicles. More than 290,000 team members worldwide handle more than 8 million shipments each business day. He is a graduate of Yale University and he served as an officer in the Marine Corps 1966-1970.
Conveniently located on Pennsylvania Avenue – halfway between the White House and the Capitol, the United States Navy Memorial provides a living tribute to Navy people and a place for them to gather and celebrate their service. The outdoor plaza features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, towering masts with signal flags, fountain pools and waterfalls and The Lone Sailor© statue. Adjacent to the plaza is the Naval Heritage Center, where visitors can find educational displays about the contributions of the men and women of the Sea Services (Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine). Also housed in the Naval Heritage Center is the Navy Log – the online place for Navy people to stay connected with each other,
celebrate their service and preserve the memories of their service. There, Navy veterans can build a record of their service online and anyone with a passion for the Navy can create and join affinity communities. Call (202) 737-2300 or visit http://www.navymemorial.org
for more information.
For more information on the U.S. Navy Memorial’s Lone Sailor Awards Dinner, or for a list of award recipients, go to the Navy Memorial’s web site at http://www.navymemorial.org
, or contact Taylor Kiland, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, at (202) 380-0718 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To arrange an interview or to access images of the awardees, contact Martha Miller, Publicist for the U.S. Navy Memorial at (703) 417-2700 or email@example.com
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