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Home Depot honored for courtesy toward veterans

Signs of gratitude

Posted: April 24, 2014 - 9:26pm  |  Updated: April 24, 2014 - 9:36pm
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Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion American Legion representatives recognized the Kenai Home Depot for having a reserved parking spot for United States Veterans Thursday.
Photo by Dan Balmer/Peninsula Clarion American Legion representatives recognized the Kenai Home Depot for having a reserved parking spot for United States Veterans Thursday.

Sometimes a small gesture has a big impact.

When the Kenai Home Depot installed a sign that reserved two front parking spaces for United States Veterans last fall, members of the American Legion Post 20 noticed and wanted to show their gratitude.

At a brief presentation on Thursday, dignitaries from the American Legion, including the National Commander Daniel Dillinger, presented a certificate of appreciation to the Kenai Home Depot store manager Mark Pierson, for the parking space reserved for veterans. Post 20 Department Commander Alvin Diaz of Kenai also presented a new American Flag for the exterior of the store.

Diaz said one of the legion members a few months back noticed Home Depot could use a new flag and in speaking with workers discovered the front parking spot as a way to honor veterans. He said the legion waited until the National Commander was in town for the 95th annual Alaska Department Convention from Thursday to Saturday, to show their thanks for the sign.

Dillinger, from Virginia said the parking spot means a great deal.

“Whenever you can partner with the community to help the veterans that is what we are all about,” he said. “We are all about patriotism and are here to thank the community for what they do for veterans and for patriotism.”

Pierson, who has worked at the Kenai Home Depot for 10 years since it opened, said the company has a long-standing history of supporting veterans in different ways. On a personal level, the veteran’s parking space is their way to honor and show how important they are in the community.

“We realize we are beneficiaries for what veterans have done for us,” he said. “This is just a way to say thank you so when they come in, they can park right up front and not have any issues and load up easily.”

 

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

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Suss
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Suss 04/25/14 - 08:59 am
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Thanks for the discount

Home Depot has been recognizing Vets with 10% discount for many years. They always acknowledge the Vet and thank them for their service when paying at the register with the discount.

Thank you Home Depot.

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cheapersmokes 04/26/14 - 03:15 am
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Veterans

It's nice to see them recognize the vets but do wonder just how often those spots are taken by a non veteran. Would like to see them come up with a decal that vets could get to use at all stores. This could be a good project for the Chambers of Commerce to get behind.

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Raoulduke 04/26/14 - 06:24 am
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Decals

Instead of a veteran decal.How about a DoD I.D. card showing retirement /or permanent total disability.The courtesy parking spaces are nice,but the disabled are in more need of the closest parking spaces. How do the vets prove their service? Stating you are does not make one a vet.This should be proved at the counter before checkout.

cheapersmokes
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cheapersmokes 04/26/14 - 07:59 am
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I am sure most vets have an

I am sure most vets have an I.D card showing our status and percentage of disability. But that is not something that I would leave on my dashboard which is just saying that anyone could park in those spaces. With a decal on their windshield that would remove all doubt. All stores could pass them out to their customers who could prove their status and they would be good at any place of business that had set aside special parking spaces. If the Chambers of Commerce would put their weight and influence behind this effort it would win some national awards and also bring much needed positive publicity to the borough. Most places already have special handicapped spaces set aside, this is just a special slot honoring our veterans and their service and as a method for the business to show them their appreciation!

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rwhobby 04/26/14 - 09:15 am
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Home Depot

The Kenai Home Depot store is just a little slow The Fairbanks store had those signs for last three years.

Suss
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Suss 04/26/14 - 10:02 am
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Vet Parking

Pretty sure most Vets would leave the reserved spot open for the Vet that might need to use the spot more than they would. Be proud you can still hump it across a parking lot, prouder still to help a brother or sister if they might need it.

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santini 05/02/14 - 12:34 pm
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HOME DEPOT - HONORING VETERANS

As a veteran, I am very appreciative of Home Depot's generosity to veterans in providing the 10% discount. I also like the courtesy regarding the parking spots. I am not disabled so I will not park in those spots. Of course, anyone disabled can also use the regular disabled parking spots that civilians civilians use. Let's not create a huge beaurocractic nightmare to 'police' these parking spots. My heart lifts just seeing them there.

I remember the Viet Nam era days when military personnel were routinely spit on. I'm very glad that state of mind no longer exists. Never again. We must never dishonor those who served and did their duty.

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