SOURCE: EADS North America

May 19, 2008 17:00 ET

EADS North America-Sponsored Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines Opens at Women's Memorial

Related Fundraising Drive Spearheaded by EADS North America Provides Nearly $300,000 to Army Emergency Relief and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - A unique photographic exhibition illustrating the human drama of U.S. Soldiers and Marines in ground combat from the Civil War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has opened under the sponsorship of EADS North America. In support of the opening, EADS North America also led a fundraising campaign, generating nearly $300,000 in contributions donated directly to the primary support organizations of U.S. Soldiers, Marines and their families.

This historic collection entitled "The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines," assembles 116 over-sized images beginning with the introduction of photography on the battlefield and covers the nation's major military engagements from the Civil War to the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The exhibition is on display at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The photographic tribute will be open to public viewing, free of charge, through Labor Day 2008.

"EADS North America is proud to sponsor this unparalleled photographic tribute to our warfighters of today and yesterday, and to have led the fundraising effort that will directly assist our Soldiers, Marines and their families in need," said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Chairman and CEO of EADS North America. "This moving photographic collection provides a unique and very personal glimpse into the human sacrifice and courage that typifies the American Soldier and Marine. I also extend my appreciation to all of those who supported the fundraising effort, including our donors and sponsors, along with members of the honorary and steering committees."

"The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines" was officially unveiled during a formal opening and evening reception attended by congressional members, senior civilian and military leaders, government officials and over 400 invited guests and supporters of the EADS North America-sponsored fundraising effort.

Speakers at the event included U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island); Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Florida); Secretary of the Army Pete Geren; Marine Corps Commandant General James T. Conway; Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr.; Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Carlton W. Kent, and Sergeant Major Brent Jurgersen of the Army's Wounded Warrior program.

Donations received during the fundraising drive were contributed directly to the Army Emergency Relief (AER) and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Army Emergency Relief is a private, non-profit organization that collects and distributes funds to relieve distress of members of the Army and their dependents. Since its founding in 1942, AER has disbursed over $1 billion in financial and educational assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants.

Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit charity which provides need-based assistance to Sailors, Marines and their families. During 2007, its small professional staff and 3,400 volunteers disbursed $43.6 million in interest-free loans and grants to 45,690 recipients through 250 offices ashore and afloat around the world.

For more information on "The American Soldier - A Photographic Tribute to Soldiers and Marines," see the exhibition's website at: www.american-soldier.com.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 190,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 33 cities and 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

Contact Information

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    EADS North America
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