Every year on June 19, Americans celebrate freedom and equal rights for all—the foundation of our company and country today. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States, and its roots are right here in my home state of Texas. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of Federal troops to Galveston to announce that both the Civil War and slavery had come to an end. Juneteenth serves as an opportunity to learn more about African American heritage and the history that has shaped our country, and as of this week, it’s now a federal holiday. This year, we are reminded as a nation and a company of the importance of strengthening equality. Please join me in taking a moment to reflect on what we can do as individuals and a company to support this core value.
Patricia G. Will
Founder and CEO