On November 11,2011 on the eve of Veteran’s Day, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed the “Wall of Honor” at Redmond headquarters in front of a crowd of employees, who have served in the U.S. military, thanking them and their families for their sacrifices.
In a blog post Scott Pitasky,cvp, Human Resources Talent & Organization Capability Group, Microsoft, notes, “The salute is a “living” digital display featuring alternating photographs and stories about Microsoft employees currently serving in the military and those who have served in the past. The display is flanked on each side by shelves holding helmets, patches and other military artifacts on loan from employees as well as the company’s prestigious Freedom Award, the highest award the military gives to industry for supporting its members.”
Adding, he says “The new digital salute stands near a significant and symbolic wall in Building 33 – Microsoft’s section of the Berlin Wall. The development of the salute was the culmination of a partnership between Microsoft and the Military Employee Networking Group led by R.J. Naugle, an army veteran and senior program manager.”
For example, Microsoft operates the WeStillServe.com website, helping veterans find civilian jobs, and earlier this week, the company announced an expansion of its Elevate America veterans initiative.
“Our goal today is to recognize the contribution of Microsoft employees who served in the military or continue to serve in the military. Some are deployed today, and our thoughts are with them and their families for their safe return,” Ballmer said.