Saluting Our Veterans

Heidelberg has always been proud to help to support the communities that we call home. We have also always been proud to support and show our appreciation and gratitude to the men and women in our company, past and present, who have served in the United States military. Regardless of branch of service or whether it was wartime or peacetime, the sacrifice and selflessness of these Associates and all who served, to put country ahead of self and serve is commendable and our nation is forever indebted for their service.   

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Even though World War I officially did not come to an end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday – a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I.

In 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in the nation’s history and after American forces had fought in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans’ service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 replacing the word “Armistice” with the word “Veterans.” The approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) took place on June 1, 1954, and November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

To honor and to thank our Associates who have served in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force or the National Guard or Reserves, Heidelberg is pleased and proud to donate $6,700 ($100 per Heidelberg Veteran Associate) to charities supporting veterans. The donation will be made in the name of one of our suppliers, and friend of Heidelberg, Zach Hollingsworth, who passed away on October 8, 2021 at 35 years of age. Zach was an Ohio native, growing up in Wilmington and was a Marine Corp veteran who served in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also a co-founder of Have a Shot of Freedom Whiskey Co., one of Heidelberg’s spirits suppliers in both Ohio and Kentucky. 

The company was started by Zach, along with USAF veteran Scott Brown and strives to provide the highest quality bourbon in America while building a family of passionate whiskey drinkers. Have a Shot of Freedom Whiskey Co., is dedicated to creating whiskey that honors the heritage of our country while providing employment opportunities to veterans who have served or are currently serving, their family members, and those who seek to make a difference in general.

Thank you to our 67 Heidelberg and Ohio Valley Associates and to all the men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces. We are grateful for your service to our country!