Veterans Honored During Kickoffs to Disney Holiday Season by SYLVANIA, Siemens and Albertsons

Veterans Honored During Kickoffs to Disney Holiday Season by SYLVANIA, Siemens
                                and Albertsons

PR Newswire

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/
--Siemens is pleased to announce its SYLVANIA lighting brand will help launch
the Disney holiday season by honoring two military families for their service.
With the help of SYLVANIA, the families will spark holiday cheer as they light
the "it's a small world" attraction at Disneyland and "The Osborne Family
Spectacle of Dancing Lights" at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in a dazzling
display of lights and music. The Southern California supermarket chain
Albertsons was instrumental in helping select one of the families who are
being honored.

"The brave men and women of the United States Military are the very core of
this nation's strength, and we thank them for their service," said Rick
Leaman, president and CEO of the Siemens lighting unit, OSRAM SYLVANIA. "We
deeply appreciate their service and dedicate these opening ceremonies to those
protecting our country here and abroad."

The "it's a small world" attraction was originally created for the 1964 New
York World's Fair as an exhibit that would benefit UNICEF, which is dedicated
to the welfare of children all over the world. The attraction moved to its
Anaheim home in 1966. Considered a quintessential Disney theme park
experience, "it's a small world" is now found at five Disney theme parks on
three continents and features more than 300 audio-animatronics figures
representing the happy spirit of children from more than 100 countries across
the world.

On November 9 at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Army Staff Sergeant Hector Bonilla and his family
will be honored for their military service as they help kick off the "Osborne
Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, presented by SYLVANIA." The attraction
features millions of choreographed "dancing" lights that present a medley of
holiday music every 15 minutes, courtesy of SYLVANIA, Disney and more than 400
dimmers and controllers.

Having served two tours of duty in Iraq in 2003 and 2011, Bonilla is an U.S.
Army active reservist with the 143^rd and is also a Winter Park police deputy
in central Florida. Surrounded by his wife and two sons, Bonilla will flip the
SYLVANIA light switch and watch as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing
Lights comes to life.

Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Mark Plummer of Palmdale, California understands
the importance of protecting peace, as he and his brother immediately enlisted
in the Marine Corps following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Plummer, who received a Purple Heart for an injury sustained in 2005, served
during multiple tours in Iraq and on the homefront as an instructor training
new recruits. Plummer, who is currently transitioning back to civilian life,
is still dealing with injuries sustained overseas.

On November 12, Plummer, with his wife and children, will flip the SYLVANIA
light switch to illuminate the "it's a small world" attraction in a
spectacular display of lights that will kick off the Disneyland holiday
season. Plummer is a recipient of services from Operation Homefront, a
non-profit that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the
families of service members and wounded warriors. Albertsons is an OSRAM
SYLVANIA customer and supporter of Operation Homefront. Albertsons turned to
the non-profit to help identify one of their clients to be a part of the

"Albertsons strives to create strong and healthy communities, both in the food
we provide to our customers, and the causes we support," said Dan Sanders,
Albertsons President of Southern California. "Operation Homefront's continued
dedication to providing assistance to the brave individuals of our armed
forces exemplifies the true spirit of community, and we are proud to support
them in this project."

OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions and services, specializing in
innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for
homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and
also under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is
the North American operation of OSRAM AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens
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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in
electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy,
healthcare, infrastructure and cities sectors. For more than 160 years,
Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of
its products, services and solutions. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of
around $20 billion and employs approximately 60,000 people throughout all 50
states and Puerto Rico. For more information on Siemens in the United States,

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the
original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three
hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprised of unique dining,
entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort's hotels are the
luxurious, 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also
features 50 two-bedroom equivalent DVC units; the magical, newly renovated,
969-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties - and the
481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel with its "day-at-the-beach" fun. For
information on attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 47-square-mile, world-class
entertainment and recreation center featuring four theme parks; two water
adventure parks; 32 resort hotels (22 owned and operated by Walt Disney
World); 99 holes of golf on six courses; two full-service spas; Disney's
Wedding Pavilion; Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex; and Downtown Disney,
an entertainment-shopping-dining complex encompassing the Marketplace,
Pleasure Island and West Side.

A national non-profit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers
with nationwide presence, across 22 chapters and and has met more than 590,000
needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated
charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue
donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. For
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