Editor’s note: The following is a message from The Marketplace by TheBlaze.
Every U.S. citizen has a part to play in building up and preserving the nation to which we belong. On November 11, we honor the veterans who have risked their lives so that others may be able to live in peace and freedom.
By that same token, we acknowledge the many people, including the families of veterans as well as patriotic entrepreneurs, who dedicate their lives and livelihoods to supporting and upholding our nation’s heroes. At The Marketplace by TheBlaze, we have the privilege of teaming up with entrepreneurs who are committed to doing just that—and not just on Veterans Day, but all year round.
Minuteman is a watch brand that puts honoring our military and veterans at the forefront of their mission. The company’s goal is to raise funds for our wounded war heroes and to provide work for Americans who would otherwise be out of a job. Minuteman Watches are designed, assembled and tested in the U.S.
Thomas Carey, who founded the company, has always had a soft spot for active and former military, law enforcement and other civic duty servicemen and women.
“My father who is our CFO is a disabled Vietnam vet,” Thomas says. “As such, we are very respectful of those who serve.”
Just like the Minutemen who responded to the call of freedom during the American Revolution, Minuteman Watches represents the same passion, sacrifice and pride that gave birth to our nation.
For every watch sold, Minuteman donates 25 percent of the profit to a charity that assists veterans and their families.
“We do realize what we can contribute is but a drop in the bucket,” Thomas says. “But we do hope it can have a positive impact that is greater than the actual dollar amount donated.”
Another veteran-supporting Marketplace shop owner is Paul Pachmayer, otherwise known as Paracord Paul. This nickname came about when he started making the paracord military accessories he’s now famous for, including bracelets, keychains, neck lanyards, and more.
A former member of the U.S. Air Force, Paul believes that quality and service exist best “in the unbeatable USA!” He doesn’t just talk about “supporting the troops.” He walked the walk, and continues to do so.
Paul proudly supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Mississippi National Gaurd, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
With Paul and Thomas, we encourage you to support our nation’s heroes, not just on Veterans Day, but at every opportunity. Here are a few ways you might try:
- Say “thank you” to a veteran. It’s simple, but goes a long way.
- Visit a veteran’s grave and honor it with flowers or flags.
- Hang up your American flag and proudly let it wave.
- Teach your children about what Veterans Day means.
- Have a moment of silence to ponder about those who gave their lives to protect our liberty.
- Tie a yellow ribbon around a tree or on your house.
- Do a good deed.
Please share any other ways you’ve been able to show your support for our nation’s heroes.
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