Melcher-Sowers heads up ‘Sweaters for Veterans’

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PIQUA — Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home will honor veterans by participating in “Operation Sweaters for Veterans.”

Located at 646 West High St. in Piqua, Melcher-Sowers is the area’s official Sweaters for Veterans collection center. Area residents may drop off new or gently used sweaters or gloves to be donated to the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital and home from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday, Nov. 11.

“It is our great pleasure to be able to say thanks to our Veterans in such a special way,” said Brian Sowers, funeral director at Melcher-Sowers. “We can never repay what they have done for us, but we can show our appreciation in this small way.”

Participating veterans and family memorial care providers nationwide are sponsors of “Operation Sweaters for Veterans,” a unique way to honor these heroes. From Nov. 7-11, nearly 1,000 VFMV providers in 49 states will be collecting new or gently used sweaters and gloves to donate to veterans in VA hospitals or veterans homes nationwide.

Each year on Nov. 11, Americans throughout the world commemorate Veterans Day, a day set aside to thank our nation’s veterans for service given and sacrifices made to protect the freedoms of our great nation.

The dates for the promotion have historic significance: Nov. 11 is the anniversary of the Armistice signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918. At 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease, bringing the hostilities of the first World War to an end.

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