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Things to Do in November in the U.S.

By The Hub team , November 02, 2017

The holidays aren't quite here yet, but the festivities are in full swing. From food and wine to festivals and parades, here's where to get in the celebratory spirit in November.

Get Caffeinated in Philadelphia

Held at the Philadelphia Expo Center, the Coffee and Tea Festival is a highly caffeinated two-day event that brings together over 50 exhibitors from across the U.S. to flaunt their finest beverages. Treat your senses to enticing aromas, attend demonstrations, and sample delightful sweet and savory treats to pair with the impressive assortment of coffees and teas.

Attend the ‘Wurst’ Party in Texas

New Braunfels’ Wurstfest is a unique combination of German culture and Texas twang. This 10-day feast serves up a smorgasbord of German sausages, potato pancakes, spaetzel, and more prepared by regional and local chefs. Enjoy the finest Alpine- and Bavarian-style beer and entertainment, carnival rides, and competitions.

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Shop for Art in Arizona

Nearly 500 artists, gourmet food and beer, and live entertainment make up this internationally recognized festival. Located in scenic Fountain Hills, Arizona, the festival boasts quality art by well-known artists in addition to works by local Native American artisans. Paintings, both oil and watercolor, pottery, jewelry, and unique Holiday-themed ornaments offer visitors an early jump on holiday shopping.

Related: 7 of the Best Arizona Resorts for Luxury Travelers

Eat Your Heart Out in Cleveland

Attention all foodies: The nation's largest consumer food and beverage event held in Cleveland, Ohio, has been living up to its name for over a decade. This culinary extravaganza features over 450 exhibiting companies and restaurants, fine food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, food trucks, and meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs.

Join the Parade in New York City

The magnificent Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the official welcome to the holiday season in New York City. The largest parade in the world boasts 50-foot balloons, floats, cheerleaders, marching bands, Broadway performances, and more. Bringing up the rear of this magical event is none other than Santa Claus himself, complete with his reindeer and elves. Festivities continue at local restaurants around the city.

Related: The History of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Celebrate Thanksgiving’s Roots in Plymouth

Held in the birthplace of Thanksgiving — Plymouth, Massachusetts — history is re-enacted as Pilgrims, Native Americans, soldiers, patriots, and pioneers wander the streets. Step back in time on a tour of the historic waterfront, complete with Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower II. Experience a New England food festival and harvest market while enjoying patriotic live music.

Get in the Christmas Spirit in Los Angeles

The inspiration for Gene Autry's classic song, "Here Comes Santa Claus," the Hollywood Christmas Parade is the star-studded extravaganza you would expect and then some. Pre-parade concerts, marching bands, glitzy floats, celebrities in convertibles, and Santa himself kick off the holiday shopping season L.A. style.

Related: How to Visit Santa Claus’ Hometown This Winter

Run Through Time in Philadelphia

Literally race through history at the Philadelphia Marathon. Begin on tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway, passing prominent landmarks including Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, and Liberty Bell Center. Finish at the steps of the magnificent Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is also a Kids' Race, an 8-K, and a half-marathon.

Sip on Southern Charm in Savannah

Indulge in food, wine, and a double shot of southern charm in beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia. Find yourself captivated by the picturesque coastal setting while experiencing seven days of gourmet dinners, exclusive tastings, master classes, and special events featuring a cast of celebrity chefs.


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Reflecting on Veterans Day: a message from our CEO Oscar Munoz

By Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines , November 11, 2019

Right now, around the world, brave members of America's armed forces are on duty, defending our freedom and upholding our values.

When not laser-focused on the mission at hand, they're looking forward to the day when their service to our nation is fulfilled and they can reunite with their families.

They are also imagining how they can use their hard-earned skills to build an exciting, rewarding and important career when they return home.

I want them to look no further than United Airlines.

That's why we are focused on recruiting, developing and championing veterans across our company, demonstrating to our returning women and men in uniform that United is the best possible place for them to put their training, knowledge, discipline and character to the noblest use.

They've developed their knowledge and skills in some of the worst of times. We hope they will use those skills to keep United performing at our best, all of the time.

That's why we are accelerating our efforts to onboard the best and the brightest, and substantially increasing our overall recruitment numbers each year.

We recently launched a new sponsorship program to support onboarding veterans into United and a new care package program to support deployed employees. It's one more reason why United continues to rank high - and rise higher - as a top workplace for veterans. In fact, we jumped 21 spots this year on Indeed.com's list of the top U.S workplaces for veterans. This is a testament to our increased recruiting efforts, as well as our efforts to create a culture where veterans feel valued and supported.

We use the special reach and resources of our global operations to partner with outstanding organizations. This is our way of stepping up and going the extra mile for all those who've stepped forward to answer our nation's call.

We do this year-round, and the month of November is no exception; however, it is exceptional, especially as we mark Veterans Day.

As we pay tribute to all Americans who have served in uniform and carried our flag into battle throughout our history, let's also keep our thoughts with the women and men who are serving around the world, now. They belong to a generation of post-9/11 veterans who've taken part in the longest sustained period of conflict in our history.

Never has so much been asked by so many of so few.... for so long. These heroes represent every color and creed. They are drawn from across the country and many immigrated to our shores.

They then freely choose to serve in the most distant and dangerous regions of the world, to protect democracy in its moments of maximum danger.

Wherever they serve - however they serve - whether they put on a uniform each day, or serve in ways which may never be fully known, these Americans wake up each morning willing to offer the "last full measure of devotion" on our behalf.

Every time they do so, they provide a stunning rebuke to the kinds of voices around the world who doubt freedom and democracy's ability to defend itself.

Unfortunately, we know there are those who seem to not understand – or say they do not - what it is that inspires a free people to step forward, willing to lay down their lives so that their country and fellow citizens might live.

But, we – who are both the wards and stewards of the democracy which has been preserved and handed down to us by veterans throughout our history – do understand.

We know that inciting fear and hatred of others is a source of weakness, not strength. And such divisive rhetoric can never inspire solidarity or sacrifice like love for others and love of country can.

It is this quality of devotion that we most honor in our veterans - those who have served, do serve and will serve.

On behalf of a grateful family of 96,000, thank you for your service.

Humbly,

Oscar

United named a top workplace for veterans

By The Hub team , November 10, 2019

Each year around Veterans Day, Indeed, one of the world's largest job search engines, rates companies based on actual employee reviews to identify which ones offer the best opportunities and benefits for current and former U.S. military members. Our dramatic improvement in the rankings this year reflects a stronger commitment than ever before to actively recruiting, developing and nurturing veteran talent.

"We've spent a lot of time over the past 12 months looking for ways to better connect with our employees who served and attract new employees from the military ranks," said Global Catering Operations and Logistics Managing Director Ryan Melby, a U.S. Army veteran and the president of our United for Veterans business resource group.

"Our group is launching a mentorship program, for instance, where we'll assign existing employee-veterans to work with new hires who come to us from the armed forces. Having a friend and an ally like that, someone who can help you translate the skills you picked up in the military to what we do as a civilian company, is invaluable. That initiative is still in its infancy, but I'm really optimistic about what it can do for United and for our veteran population here."

Impressively, we were the only one of our industry peers to move up on the list, further evidence that we're on a good track as a company.

Mission Accomplished

By Matt Adams , November 06, 2019

The question of where David Ferrari was had haunted retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major Vincent Salceto for the better part of 66 years.

Rarely did a week go by that Salceto didn't think about his old friend. Often, he relived their last moments together in a recurring nightmare. In it, it's once again 1953 and Salceto and Ferrari are patrolling a valley in what is now North Korea. Suddenly, explosions shatter the silence and flares light up the night sky.

Crouching under a barrage of bullets, Salceto, the squad's leader, drags two of his men to safety, then he sees Ferrari lying face down on the ground. He runs out to help him, but he's too late. And that's when he always wakes up.

Italian Americans from opposite coasts – Salceto from Philadelphia, Ferrari from San Francisco – the two became close, almost like brothers, after being assigned to the same unit during the Korean War. When Ferrari died, it hit Salceto hard.

"After that, I never let anyone get close to me like I did with Dave," he says. "I couldn't; I didn't want to go through that again."

When the war ended, Salceto wanted to tell Ferrari's family how brave their son and brother had been in battle. Most of all, he wanted to salute his friend at his gravesite and give him a proper farewell.

For decades, though, Salceto had no luck finding his final resting place or locating any of his relatives. Then, in June of this year, he uncovered a clue that led him to the Italian Cemetary in Colma, California, where Ferrari is buried.

Within days, Salceto, who lives in Franklinville, New Jersey, was packed and sitting aboard United Flight 731 from Philadelphia to San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Donna Decker, on his way to Colma. For such a meaningful trip, he even wore his Army dress uniform.

That's how San Francisco-based flight attendant Noreen Baldwin spotted him as he walked down the jet bridge to get on the plane.

"I saw him and said to the other crew members, 'Oh my goodness, look at this guy,'" she says. "I knew there had to be a story."

The two struck up a conversation and Salceto told Baldwin why he was traveling. She got emotional listening to him talk and made a point of fussing over him, making sure he and his family had everything they needed.

About halfway through the flight, Baldwin had an idea. She and her fellow crew members would write messages of encouragement to Salceto and invite his fellow passengers to do the same.

"We did it discreetly," says Baldwin. "I asked the customers if they saw the man in uniform, which most had, and asked them if they wanted to write a few words for him on a cocktail napkin. A lot of people did; families did it together, parents got their kids to write something. After the first few rows, I was so choked up that I could barely talk."

When Baldwin surprised Salceto with dozens of hand-written notes, he, too, was speechless. He laid the stack on his lap and read each one. At the same time, the pilots made an announcement about the veteran over the loud speaker, after which the customers on board burst into applause.

"It seems contrived, and I hate using the word organic, but that's what it was; it just happened," Baldwin says. "Mr. Salceto was so loveable and humble, and what he was doing was so incredible, it felt like the right thing to do. And you could tell he was touched."

On June 27, Salceto finally stood before Ferrari's grave and said that long-awaited goodbye. As a trumpeter played "Taps," he unpinned a medal from his jacket and laid it reverently on the headstone.

"I had gotten a Bronze Star for my actions [the night Ferrari died] with a 'V' for valor, and that was the medal I put on Dave's grave," says Salceto, pausing to fight back tears. "I thought he was more deserving of it than I was."

For the first time in years, Salceto felt at peace. His mission was accomplished.

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