May 13, 2010
Gov. Jim Douglas signed a proclamation late last month making May 1 to June 14 Military Appreciation Month in Vermont.
Douglas signed the proclamation at the request of Vermont Soldiers’ Angels, a non-profit group dedicated to providing aid and comfort to soldiers, veterans and their families. Soldiers’ Angels members asked Vermonters to show their support for troops by flying an American flag at their home or displaying a yellow ribbon somewhere.
At the same time, two Williston businesses are launching promotions for troops and veterans.
Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel and Darn Tough Vermont Socks have teamed up to create a program called “Socks for Soldiers.” For every pair of Darn Tough socks Lenny’s sells in May, the two companies will donate a pair of socks to a Vermont National Guard soldier serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The companies hope to donate 300 pairs of socks.
This month, Dunkin’ Donuts kicked off its “Serving Those Who Serve” program. Every Wednesday in May, participating Dunkin’ Donuts are offering a free medium coffee to military personnel and veterans.
— Stephanie Choate, Observer staff