Wawa and Sheetz will feed thousands at the USS John P. Murtha Commissioning Ceremony.
In honor of the late Pennsylvania congressman John P. Murtha, Wawa Inc. and Sheetz Inc. are joining forces to provide boxed lunches at the USS John P. Murtha Commissioning Ceremony. The ceremony not only honors the congressman, but also the people of his district, the ship and its crew.
Seven thousand guests are anticipated to gather for the commissioning ceremony at the Navy League in Philadelphia, including Congressman Murtha’s family representatives, 500 members of the ship’s family, local officials, and leadership from Wawa and Sheetz. Together, Wawa and Sheetz will offer lunches that include popular items from each company’s menu to all guests.
“We at Sheetz are truly honored to come together with Wawa in support of the USS John P. Murtha Ceremony. The entire Sheetz family is humbled by this extraordinary opportunity to honor the late, great congressman from one of our hometown heritage markets. Congressman Murtha’s service contributed greatly to the Johnstown community, his larger district and the entire country, and his commitment and dedication will not be forgotten,” said Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz.
“All of us at Wawa are proud to team up with Sheetz to represent our state and celebrate this important, historic event,” said Chris Gheysens, president and CEO of Wawa. “As two companies committed to bringing our customers and communities together, we feel privileged to be a part of this ceremony and to have the chance to honor Pennsylvania’s longest serving congressman and decorated combat veteran who has done so much for citizens and veterans across the Commonwealth and beyond. Honoring those who serve in our nation’s defense is especially important to us, and we are delighted to serve the ship’s crew and guests at this event.”
The naval commissioning ceremony has been a tradition since 1775. It is the most significant event in the life of the ship. The commissioning is the final event that brings a ship to life and marks the entrance of a man-of-war into the naval forces of her nation.