The Times West Virginian

May 1, 2013

Businesses finding ways to say ‘thank you’ to military

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Businesses in Marion County and across the nation are finding ways to say “thank you” to the military as part of the upcoming Freedom Day USA.

Wendy Boyce, West Virginia state director for Freedom Day USA, said approximately 73 organizations around the country have already signed up to participate in the inaugural event, which will take place on Sept. 12, and all businesses are invited to join in.

Right now, the majority of those entities are in West Virginia, where the movement was founded, and other states are beginning to get involved.

“Our goal is to give military that are active and their immediate family members and all veterans a day of free,” Boyce said.

Local businesses are encouraged to do whatever they would like to show their appreciation for the people who risked their lives for their country, she said. Participation is free for businesses, except for the costs associated with what they decide to offer.

“The only thing we ask is you don’t do a strings-attached offer,” Boyce said. “It’s not a bribe to visit a business. It’s a true, heart-felt ‘thank you.’”

For instance, Wilson Martino Dental in Fairmont and its other offices in the state are providing free dental care for all military personnel that day, she said.

“Even a small ‘thank you’ is appreciated,” Boyce said. “Any and all forms of a ‘thank you’ are welcome and appreciated.”

She said Backwoods Flowers N More in Fairview, owned by Kurtis and Ricki-Linn Helgeson, was the very first business to sign up.


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