Liberty Diversified Industries’ “Tour of Gratitude” Rolls into Washington, D.C.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
On Wednesday July 4th, AICC President Steve Young and AICC Vice President Mike D’Angelo and his wife Susan were guests of LDI on their Tour of Gratitude during its stop in Washington, D.C. AICC headquarters in Alexandria, VA, just across the Potomac River. The tour began July 2 and will end July 20 at LDI’s Brooklyn Park headquarters. In between, LDI management and employees will visit each of their facilities throughout the United States and Mexico to celebrate with their employees and conduct community-related events. If the rest of the tour is anything like what we experienced during the event with LDI people, it will be truly inspiring and motivating for all.
LDI is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Founded in 1918 by Jack Fiterman, a Russian immigrant and Mike’s (current LDI CEO) grandfather and Jack’s (Vice President of Business Development) great-grandfather, the tour began on July 2, appropriately on New York’s Ellis Island. The D.C. stop was planned to show gratitude for LDI’s employees who served in the Armed Forces and for all military veterans. A donation was made at an event on July 3 to Our Military Kids, an organization which supports children from kindergarten through high school of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members.
On July 4, the team members on the tour spent the day visiting Independence Day events throughout the Washington D.C. area. The tour bus rolled into Arlington Cemetery around 4pm. A dinner was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial and museum which is at the Ceremonial Entrance to this hallowed ground. Dinner was served followed by remarks by Mike and Jack Fiterman. A donation was presented to Major General (Ret.) Dee Ann McWilliams, President of the Women’s Memorial Foundation. LDI team members followed with heartfelt expressions of their gratitude for the many wonderful people and experiences in their lives.
Following dinner and the presentations, the group went to the rooftop of the memorial for an incredible view of W
AICC congratulates LDI for their milestone achievement of 100 years in business and we thank them for allowing AICC to be a part of their journey through many of those years and for their kind invitation to be a part of this unique event. For us it was truly moving to hear the stories of LDI’s people and made us think of the many things for which we are grateful. ashington and the fireworks display commemorating the 242nd birthday of the United States. Back on the bus July 5, the tour rolls to an LDI facility in Southeastern Virginia.
For more information visit www.boxesofgratitude.com. The simple beauty of the message and the reason for the tour is expressed there - “Real gratitude is doing the things words can't express. Rolling up our sleeves. Lending a helping hand. Building the greater good. Showing our appreciation through actions.”