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PURPLE HEART DAY FESTIVITIES HIGHLIGHT MILITARY APPRECIATION AT THE NORTHERN TRUST

THE NORTHERN TRUST, the first event of the 2019 FedExCup Playoffs, showed its appreciation to members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families by joining with Birdies for the Brave to host a series of military appreciation activities during tournament week.  THE NORTHERN TRUST was played at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ, where Patrick Reed, an avid supporter of our military through his Team Reed Foundation, claimed a one-shot victory.

Highlighting its military activities, the tournament provided active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees, non-retired veterans and their dependents with complimentary tickets as well as complimentary hospitality in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by United  Rentals – a military-exclusive hospitality chalet located on the 4th hole at Liberty National Golf Club.  Thanks to United Rentals’ generosity, hundreds of military guests enjoyed complimentary food and beverages and premium views of the tournament action while sharing camaraderie with other military members.

On Wednesday, August 7, THE NORTHERN TRUST celebrated Purple Heart Day, which honors the courageous men and women who have been killed or wounded in service to our country.  The Purple Heart is the only military combat decoration chartered by Congress that is awarded to members of all branches of the military.  To mark this momentous occasion, the tournament encouraged guests and players to wear purple; offered fans purple ribbons inscribed with the date; and provided active duty military members participating in the Military Caddie Program with special purple-accented bibs, thanks to the PGA TOUR’s friends at Picatinny Arsenal.  Among the participants in the Military Caddie Program were 15 veterans from Squad21, a military program that is part of the Kyle Palmieri Foundation – a non-profit created by NHL All-Star Devils forward Kyle Palmieri which is dedicated to raising funds for programs that support military members and veterans.  Palmieri, whose sister and brother-in-law are currently serving our country in the National Guard and U.S. Army, also spent time with military guests in the Patriots’ Outpost. In addition, the tournament created a special VIP seating area on the 4th hole especially for Purple Heart recipients and family members, which was commemorated during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Jersey City Mayor and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Steven Fulop and a moment of silence during the Pro-Am.

On Thursday, THE NORTHERN TRUST hosted a Military Appreciation Day ceremony featuring military pageantry and guest speakers including Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III, the program executive officer ammunition and the commanding general of Picatinny Arsenal; Mayor Fulop; senior leaders from Northern Trust, including Julie Tyson and Henry Johnson; Kyle Palmieri; and Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War hero Tony Goodson, commander of VFW Post 2294 – the only VFW post in Jersey City.  During the ceremony, Northern Trust, THE NORTHERN TRUST and the PGA TOUR surprised Goodson with a brand new 15-passenger accessible van, which will be used to transport veterans to medical appointments.

Also as part of its week-long military appreciation efforts, on Sunday THE NORTHERN TRUST was privileged to provide a special day of activities for the family of fallen United States Navy Aviation Warfare Systems Officer Third Class Michael J. Vecchio from Brick, NJ, who passed away at the young age of 19 in 2017 while stationed in Jacksonville, FL.  He had joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, and although he was the youngest, he was at the top of his class.  His was among the first groups being trained on the new P-8 Poseidon, and was scheduled to be part of the tactical submarine hunting group, Patrol Squadron 30, at Whidbey Island, WA – but sadly was not able to finish his training.  Through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), THE NORTHERN TRUST arranged for Vecchio’s surviving family members, parents Michael and Carol Vecchio, and cousins and golfing buddies Jennifer Severs and Ryan Messina, to take a tour of the CBS production truck, visit the 18th hole TV tower, visit the Patriots’ Outpost and tour the Media Center.

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