Repost from the Montgomery Advertiser: Paul Sullivan, Special to the Advertiser 11:40 p.m. CDT September 11, 2016
The company shares with the Town of Pike Road the common value of patriotism, prompting the company to play a key role in the development of the town’s Veterans Memorial.
The partnership with the community began nearly five years ago when the two worked together on a service project to honor veterans. The project was part of the retailer’s “Celebration of Service” program.
Each year, Home Depot celebrates the service of veterans beginning Sept. 11 and continuing through Nov. 11. Stores across the nation participate in their respective communities completing projects to help, or honor veterans.
In November of 2012, the Chantilly Parkway Home Depot location donated $20,000 worth of supplies and material toward the creation of the Pike Road Veterans Memorial.
It is a path of bricks stretching from the pavilion to the memorial in the town’s Veterans Park.
The brick pathway is called the Veterans Walk of Honor and commemorates the service of 135 veterans, with plenty of room for additional tributes to those who have served our nation.
Jonathan Minton, manager of the Chantilly Parkway Depot location, and his team have officially adopted Veterans Park. Each month the team will provide maintenance and preservation work, giving even more attention to the park grounds just before the site hosts special community events.
“It is important to continue working in the community and helping our veterans. I hope people can come to the park and have a great time with their family or just a quiet time reflecting on how important veterans are to our wonderful country,” Minton said.
Earlier this summer, Minton and his volunteer team spruced up the park just in time for the town’s annual July 4 festivities. They planted new rose bushes, cleaned flower beds and spread fresh pine straw.
“We are grateful for our partnership with Home Depot and other businesses in our area that are committed to the success of the Town of Pike Road,” Mayor Gordon Stone said. “It is humbling to see how Veterans Park has evolved with the help of so many throughout the community. We have a special place to pay tribute to veterans – a place that truly reflects our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”
Stone reminds people that they can purchase a brick to honor a veteran. Orders that are placed by Sept. 23 should arrive in time to be dedicated and installed during the 2016 Pike Road Veterans Day program in November. A program date will be announced soon.
Order forms for the bricks can be accessed online at www.pikeroad.us or picked up at Pike Road Town Hall, located at 9575 Vaughn Road. Brick purchases are not limited to Pike Road residents. Anyone can purchase the bricks and dedicate them to any veteran. The cost of each brick is $100 and can be personalized with up to three lines of 20 characters each, which includes spaces. For more information, call town hall at 334-272-9883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.