Friday, November 9, 2012

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 abro

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 143rd 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 festivities.

The holiday season is here again! Our 2012 holiday entertainment will kick off tonight with the seasonal debut of Castle Dream Lights at Magic Kingdom Park, which makes Cinderella Castle shimmer with 200,000 white lights. Check it out nightly throughout the holiday season. Tonight also marks the first of this season’s 20 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. Beginning at 7 p.m. at Magic Kingdom Park (after regular park hours), guests with party tickets can enjoy holiday stage shows, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa, holiday fireworks and snow flurries on Main Street, U.S.A. Be sure to catch the special holiday parade – who doesn’t love watching the life-sized toy soldier band march by.

No photo's of the families were released.

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