ACE Hardware honors fallen heroes with 1 million american flags
In the true spirit of Memorial Day, Merrill ACE Hardware is again collaborating with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. As an essential business, Merrill ACE remains open to safely serve our neighbors and the local community. 240 consumers who visited Merrill ACE on May 23rd received a free 8” x 12” American flag* while a second flag was donated to the VFW Post 1638 to be used for marking and honoring veteran graves this Memorial Day.
“Merrill ACE Hardware salutes the many brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we were proud to honor them this Memorial Day by participating in the 1 million American flag giveaway,” said Tim Haight, owner of Merrill ACE. “We are grateful to be collaborating with our local VFW Post 1638, who have provided so much support to veterans in our community.”
“The VFW is grateful to have received this donation from Merrill ACE, which will help to ensure the service and ultimate sacrifice paid by America’s fallen service members isn’t forgotten,” said Mike Porath, VFW Post 1638, Commander.
Last year, Ace Hardware sent a total of 535,000 flags to 2,230 local VFW Posts across the country. The American flag giveaway aligns with Ace Hardware’s long history of supporting veterans nationwide. Ace’s very name is a commemoration of the “Flying Aces,” the courageous fighter pilots from the First World War. Ace’s patriotism continues through the support of its veteran retailers, and the sincere appreciation for all the veterans and active-duty military who work in Ace stores, distribution centers, and its corporate offices.
About Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,300 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. In 2019, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores” according to J.D. Power, twelve out of the last thirteen years. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.
About the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
About the VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at vfw.org.