Monday was jam-packed with festivities here in the Nation’s capital. We celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which declared all slaves as free people, and the second-term inauguration of the first African-American U.S. President, President Barack Obama.
According to Washington Post Congressional reporter Ed O’Keefe, over 800,000 people watched President Obama swear in as the 44th U.S. President. He placed his hand on both King’s and Lincoln’s bibles, reported ABC news.
The inaugural weekend was filled with numerous events including the Salute to Heroes Inaugural Banquet and Ball. Hosted by the American Legion and held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, the affair welcomed President Obama into office and honored the Medal of Honor recipients whose unwavering valor went above and beyond the call of duty.
Along with the Vice President, members of Congress, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and other top officials, Northern Virginia Technology Integrator MicroTech had some of its Veteran Senior leadership also in attendance.
A highly-decorated military veteran, MicroTech President & CEO, Tony Jimenez, praised those who have worn the Nation’s highest accolade. He said, “I salute the fearless Medal of Honor recipients for their strength to do what is right, even with their lives on the line. I’m honored to serve under the same flag as them.”
There are 79 living recipients of the military's highest decoration according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A list of the bravest men and women who were awarded this honor for their service in the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, or U.S. Navy is listed at the Society’s website.
Some of MicroTech’s veteran employees attended the event with Jimenez: Tomás Esterrich, Senior VP & Executive Director of MicroTech International; Tim Dioquino, Senior VP of Innovation and Integration (I2G); David Carlson, Senior VP of Unified Communications & Collaboration (UCC) Sales; Roger Channing, CTO & Senior VP of Datacenter Solutions; and Jay White, VP of Army Programs. Jimenez also attended other inaugural events including the swearing-in ceremony, parade, and the official Inaugural Ball.