Tonight, when U.S. national colors were lowered at Magic Kingdom Park on 2021 Veterans Day, a special tribute took them off stage: Greg Jackson, a U.S. Army reservist who is also member of the Disney cast. Greg was selected to be recognized as the Veteran of the Day and to represent all members of the Walt Disney World Resort cast with military service this year, in accordance with this annual tradition. He was notified of this honor in a moment of surprise when he completed his night shift Tuesday morning.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by an organization that has meant so much to me throughout my military career and that has embraced me as I write the next chapter,” Greg said of the startled surprise.
Greg is one of thousands of castings and Disney employees at our company who have served with the uniform with pride. In honor of this special day, Disney has created a new video celebrating our veterans and their contributions to our special brand of storytelling, entertainment and magic.
Disneyland Resort continues its special Veterans Day tradition, as well as its annual flag-raising ceremony to honor guests and cast members who have served in the Armed Forces. “It’s a privilege to continue this opening day tradition of recognizing our cast and the guests who bravely served their nation,” said Nick Filippone, senior production manager at Disneyland Resort’s main entrance and veteran of the United States Navy.
As a company founded by staunch supporters of the U.S. military, Disney has long had an affinity for those who have served in uniform. Long before The Walt Disney Company began, Walt and Roy Disney shared a common adventure: both brothers served their country during World War I. Walt was driving an ambulance and Roy was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.
Many veterans have made important contributions to the company over Disney’s nearly 100-year history, such as Admiral Joe Fowler of Disney Legends and General Joe Potter, who were instrumental in creating the resorts of Disney Legends. Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
The values of hard work, loyalty, discipline, teamwork, and integrity that Admiral Joe and General Joe demonstrated during and after his military career are the same values that many other veterans have contributed to The Walt Disney Company, who was recently named by Forbes as one of the top employers for veterans.
Our cast members and military service employees are an essential part of our Disney family and contribute immeasurably to supporting the company’s mission to create unparalleled family entertainment.
Welcoming the many members of the Disney cast who have served – or continue to serve – the U.S. military
Therefore, on this 2021 Veterans Day, to the veterans and members of the active service who are part of our Disney family, and to all veterans everywhere, we thank you for your service. And we thank you for the talents you have given us and the way you make us stronger. We invite military veterans and spouses to explore potential opportunities with the company through the Heroes Work Here website.
Happy Veterans Day!