Minnesota Businesses Honor Sacrifices Made by Military Men and Women

Updated: 11/11/2013 10:32 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

Some local businesses demonstrated their gratitude to veterans by offering discounted or free goods and services.

Patricio Castro is the manager at Mister Car Wash in Saint Louis Park, he says it's an honor to give back to veterans, "Makes me feel proud. Actually, I'm former military as well. Makes me feel good that we are supporting the military troops out there."

Whitney Bass is the manager at Sport Clips just a few miles away where active duty and retired military personel got free haircuts on Veteran's day. Bass says it's important to remember the sacrifices made by military men and women, "It's really nice just to be able to give back. They do so much for us, you know, on a daily basis."

Tucked away on the mezzanine in the Lindbergh Terminal at Twin Cities International Airport is the Armed Forces Service Center. The facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has been since it opened on November 22nd back in 1970. Jeanne Morford was there the day it opened and since then more than 800,000 active duty military men and women have stopped by the Service Center, "Minnesotans are known for their volunteerism and their willingness to help others."

The Armed Forces Service Center is staffed by roughly 170 volunteers who work in pairs on four hour shifts. The organization is a registered non-profit and is not affiliated with the U.S.O.