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Local store recognized for honoring veterans

What began as a project to honor local veterans has earned a local retailer its own honor.

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David Wagner, right, past commander of Harold Kerr American Legion Post 173, along with Post Commander Russell Strayer, left, and Shelley Kneece of the Logan County Veterans Affairs office, second from left, presents an award to Cindy Titus and Brian Whitaker of Ashley Furniture in front of the store’s Wall of Honor to recognize local veterans. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Thursday afternoon, Ashley Furniture was awarded the American Legion’s Red, White and Blue Award, which is presented to an individual, organization or business that takes an extra step to promote Americanism.

About three years ago, the store began collecting photos of local veterans and posting them prominently on a large Wall of Honor in the center of the store.

“It means a lot to us, but we don’t do it to be honored,” store general manager Brian Whitaker said. “It’s our honor to honor veterans.”

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