Veteran Honors North East Store Owner with Flag

- August 5, 2014 - Chris Kelly, owner of Leaf Lovers Tobacconist, sent nearly 300 cigars to the VMM 165 unit of Marines stationed overseas.

The unit was chosen because a North East man, Lance Corporal Robert J. Herman, was serving in that unit. As a thank you for the cigars, Herman presented Kelly the American Flag that flew over Hellman Providence during Operation Nightmare last October.

Herman said he specifially chose this flag to honor Kelly for supporting him and the US Marines. "When you get a package from someone in the community rather than your parents, your brother, your sister, something like that. it really brings you home," Herman said.

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