By Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO
NGA talks a lot about the front-line associates who have devoted long hours and supreme effort to help independent supermarkets serve the needs of their communities, and we are justifiably proud of our Supermarket Superheroes.
Also earning our pride, thanks and deep appreciation are the superheroes of America’s military, who devote their strength, courage and lives to preserving the blanket of freedom under which Americans sleep each and every night.
When soldiers of generations past returned from war to a grateful nation, to their loved ones and to start families, independent grocers were key elements of the neighborhoods that grew around the homes of veterans. Our industry has been at the forefront of providing essential services, employment and support for our veterans, from coast to coast.
It is our veterans and their dedication to their country that have made it possible for our industry to exist, to succeed and to nourish our communities in so many ways.
So, to all those past and present who have served the highest calling, to put themselves between us and danger in order to preserve our freedom and democracy for now and forever, we humbly offer our thanks, on this Veterans Day and the whole year round.