Dry cleaner shows grat­i­tude to vet­eran

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

MY fa­ther, a Sec­ond World War vet­eran and one-arm am­putee, got his War Amps blazer dirty at a Re­mem­brance Day event two days be­fore Nov. 11. My sis­ter and I tried to clean it that night our­selves as our fa­ther was to lay the wreath at the Winnipeg Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in the morn­ing of Re­mem­brance Day and then another one at Deer Lodge in the af­ter­noon. Sadly, we couldn’t get the blazer clean. Early the next day, a Sun­day, I be­gan call­ing dry clean­ers, but they were all closed. Af­ter call­ing many num­bers, I lis­tened to Benny’s Dry Cleaner an­swer­ing ma­chine mes­sage, where Martino had left his cell num­ber (in­tended for brides) in case of an emer­gency. I was able to con­tact Martino, told him the sit­u­a­tion of my fa­ther’s War Amps blazer, which was needed for the next day. Martino’s re­sponse: “So your dad is a vet­eran?” He asked this ques­tion twice and each time I re­sponded, “Yes.” Martino made ar­range­ments for me to drop off the blazer and pick it up and hour and a half later. When I picked up the blazer, it was spot­less and per­fect. Not only was Martino so kind as to come in on his day off for this one blazer, he said that be­cause my fa­ther had fought and lost his arm at the age of 23 for this coun­try, there would be no charge. I in­sisted that I needed to pay him but the end re­sult was no charge. An act of kind­ness such as this needs to be rec­og­nized by our com­mu­nity.

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