Beacon Award winner Brownsboro Hardware & Paint continues its tradition of community support by sponsoring the recent record wreath-laying at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.
On Dec. 16, a record 8,784 wreaths, more than 2,500 than the previous year, were placed on graves during a ceremony at the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. More than 1,600 volunteers placed wreaths on graves in remembrance of the veterans’ sacrifices as similar ceremonies took place in other national cemeteries throughout the nation on National Wreaths Across America Day.
“When we started this project locally, fewer than one in five veterans’ graves had been sponsored,” said Dr. Scott Giltner, location coordinator, Gov. Isaac Shelby Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. “Since Brownsboro Hardware & Paint got involved, that number has grown dramatically each year. We are so gratified by the kindness of others, and we will continue to work to ensure that every veteran’s grave is covered some day in the future.”
Brownsboro Paint & Hardware helped raise funds to buy wreaths, taking donations in its store and assisting with web donations.
“I can’t thank our customers and friends enough for stepping up to help again this year,” said Doug Carroll, owner of Brownsboro Hardware & Paint. “More than 900 wreaths were purchased at our two stores alone, and we sponsored another 200. We had such strong support with people buying one, five, 10 or even 100 wreaths. We are blessed to live in such a caring community, and we intend to raise enough to break another record next year.”
Carroll purchased Brownsboro Hardware & Paint from Jim and Marilyn Lehrer, who received the Retail Beacon Award from The Hardware Connection in 2019. Known for its product quality and outstanding service, Brownsboro Hardware & Paint recently celebrated its 63rd anniversary this year. Also in 2023, the Better Business Bureau awarded Brownsboro Hardware & Paint the “Torch Award for Ethics,” and the Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Brownsboro Hardware & Paint as “Best Employer.”
Lehrer retired this year after owning the company for a quarter century. The family-owned store has always given back to the community and to the hardware industry. Starting in 2010, Lehrer served two terms on the Do it Best board of directors, helping the co-op navigate through the recession and transition of its executive leadership from Bob Taylor to Dan Starr.
Brownsboro Hardware & Paint has two locations in Kentucky: 4858 Brownsboro Road in Louisville, and 9521 US 42 in Prospect.