PHOENIX and HONOLULU, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul International, Inc. is pleased to announce its commitment to honoring and remembering World War II veterans with its gold-level sponsorship of the 75th commemoration of the Attack on Pearl Harbor.
In the coming days, the remaining survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack will reunite in Oahu to take part in the official events leading up to this milestone anniversary. U-Haul will serve as the Presenting Veterans Sponsor of the Opening Gala on Dec. 3. Furthermore, its commitment will assist veterans and their families making the trip to Pearl Harbor. Watch Joe Shoen's video to Pearl Harbor and WWII veterans: uhaul.com/about/veterans. WWII Navy veteran L.S. "Sam" Shoen and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, started U-Haul in 1945 nearly four years after Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor pulled America into battle. Veterans not only laid the foundation for U-Haul and its vast neighborhood dealer network, but they constituted many of the Company's first and most loyal customers after returning home and requiring one-way trailer rentals to move their families. "Our decision to get directly involved with honoring our Pearl Harbor veterans on the 75th anniversary falls in line with who we are and what we stand for," said Stuart Shoen, U-Haul Executive Vice President. "Veterans, like my grandfather, helped build U-Haul into an industry leader by meeting a basic need at a low cost. Our commitment to hiring and helping veterans has never been stronger than it is today." Edward J. "Joe" Shoen, Chairman and CEO of AMERCO, parent company of U-Haul, will attend the "For Love of Country - Pass It On" Opening Gala at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor as well as other commemoration events with his family.