Princess Prepares to Cruise for a Cause

By Princess Cruises, our partner in Cruising for a Cause

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Princess employees who are also Vietnam veterans met Major General James T. Jackson and held the commemorative flag presented to Princess Cruises at a special ceremony.

In a special ceremony coinciding with Armed Forces Day, Princess Cruises was officially recognized as a commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. Major General James T. Jackson (U.S. Army, retired) presented a commemorative flag and certificate from the Secretary of Defense to Princess Cruises President and CEO Alan Buckelew, a Vietnam veteran himself, to mark the occasion.

The cruise line is being recognized as a commemorative partner in this program, created by the Department of Defense, in part because of activities saluting veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces during Princess’ first-ever fundraising cruise. The sailing is expected to generate $1 million for two organizations committed to U.S. veterans – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and Operation Homefront Inc. The four-day cruise sails from Houston November 5.

More than 100 Princess employees were in attendance at the special celebration, including many Vietnam veterans, veterans from other conflicts, and military family members. Local student cadets from Valencia High School’s Junior Air Force ROTC opened the program with the presentation of the colors.

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Major General James T. Jackson (USA, Ret.), left, presented a certificate from the
Secretary of Defense to Princess Cruises President and CEO Alan Buckelew,
recognizing the line as a partner of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration.

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration is a national program conducted under the leadership of the Department of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The national program will include activities to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War – including those held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action ­- for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the U.S. and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. As a commemorative partner, Princess Cruises will conduct activities to recognize Vietnam Veterans for their service, valor and sacrifice. 

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