Detroit Diesel Corporation Hosts Veteran’s Day Dedication Ceremony


DETROIT – Nov. 19, 2014 – Detroit Diesel Corporation (Detroit) dedicated a new Veteran’s memorial during a special ceremony at its headquarters in Redford, Mich., on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11, 2014). The memorial honors Detroit employees and retirees who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The memorial features a large black granite memorial tablet featuring an American flag, flags for each of the U.S. Armed Forces and a POW/MIA flag. Engraved pavers that surround the flags and memorial tablet are for employees to honor those that have served in the military.  

“We wanted to express our gratitude to the devotion and courage of Detroit employees past and present who have served in the military by creating a lasting memorial,” said Jeff Allen, head of Redford operations for Detroit Diesel Corporation. “We are honored and proud to pay tribute to all of our veterans.”

Noted featured speaker James Gray, director, Detroit Diesel Corporation and retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves: “It’s great that Detroit recognizes the contribution and sacrifices our veterans have made by creating this lasting memorial and all who have served our country.” 

Tod Reber, Detroit Veteran’s Committee Chairperson and Chief Petty Officer serving in the United States Navy Reserves, stated, “This memorial shows  appreciation by honoring all Detroit employees and the families of those employees, both past and present, for their unselfish years of military service to the United States of America.”

More than 2,200 Detroit employees work at its three-million-square-foot state-of-the-art plant in Redford. The facility manufactures the company’s heavy-duty diesel engines and axles. 

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Detroit offers a complete line of heavy-duty diesel engines, axles, transmissions, safety systems and telematics products for the commercial transportation industry in both the on-highway and vocational markets. Detroit products are sold and serviced through a network of hundreds of locations throughout North America. For more information, or to locate the nearest Detroit location, visit Detroit is a brand of Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America.


Left to right: Bill Hardy (Bugler), Christian Tramp (Boatsman Mate Second Class, US Coast Guard), James Gray (Colonel, US Air Force Reserves), Calvin Jude Jr (Lance Corporal, US Marine Corp) Tod Reber (Veteran’s Committee Chairperson & Chief Petty Officer, US Navy Reserves), Jeff Hannack (Corporal, US Marine Corp), Al Barrera (Sargent First Class, United States Army), Tim Elliot (Master Sargent, US Air Force Reserves)
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