Veterans Day: Mr. Wilson's Lifetime of Giving

November 12, 2018


On Veterans Day, we reflect upon the brave men and women who have pledged their lives in service to our country. This year is especially important to observe, as it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I — and in remembrance, the British are lighting 10,000 torches every evening leading up to Armistice Day on November 11. Join us as we light our own torch to celebrate the life and service of our own decorated WWII veteran and CEO, Mr. Charles Wilson.

Mr. Wilson’s childhood was a difficult one. His father passed away at the beginning of the Great Depression, leaving Charles and his brother Ernest without a steady source of income in those trying times. The community came together to help support the boys and their mother, which inspired Mr. Wilson to give back to others whenever possible.

When he came of age, Mr. Wilson pledged his support for his country and went off to fight in World War II. He became wounded in battle, and it was then Mr. Wilson demonstrated his true giving nature. Knowing that there were fellow soldiers still wounded on the battlefield, he bravely plunged back into the fray to rescue them. He refused medical attention until each soldier was tended to, and earned a Bronze Star of Valor for his heroic service.

Mr. Wilson words of wisdom

See more words of wisdom from Mr. Wilson

The generosity of Mr. Wilson has guided all of us at Ernest Packaging Solutions, and at 94 years of age, he’s still going strong. We’re constantly humbled by his commitment to helping those who need it most, including serving underprivileged schools. Inspired by Mr. Wilson, representatives from each of Ernest’s 12 divisions collected school supplies to donate to disadvantaged schools across the nation. Find out more about our Givember initiative on the Ernest Buzz later this month!
Givember — Ernest at Montebello Park Elementary

Givember comes to Montebello Park Elementary

To learn more about Mr. Wilson’s history with giving, check out this Chat with Charles!