EVANSVILLE, Ind. — On the eve of the 63rd anniversary of D-Day, Atlas Van Lines Inc. pledged to donate $5,000 to the USS LST Ship Memorial and its 2008 D-Day reenactment. Atlas' donation came following the release of an Evansville Courier & Press report that the future of the event would be in jeopardy if sufficient funds were not raised.
Organizers believe that, with the event's growing popularity and Atlas' donation to next year's D-Day reenactment, Evansville's reenactment will become one of the best in the nation. Between 2006 and 2007, the number of participants in the reenactment rose from 65 to 250, and the number of attendees grew from 500 to 2,000 for the local event.
"The decision to donate was easy, because we have a number of employees who serve, or have served, in the armed forces," said Jim Stamm, Vice Chairman and CEO of Atlas and himself a Vietnam veteran. "Supporting the reenactment, which gets bigger every year, gave us the opportunity to honor those who once fought for our country. It is a great event for the community — the reenactment is an opportunity to see living history."
During WWII, Evansville contributed greatly to the war on the home front. The Evansville Shipyard built LST ships, Republic Aviation built combat airplanes, and Chrysler made ammunition. By contributing to the reenactment, Atlas hopes to continue Evansville's tradition of supporting the armed forces.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.