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.
— Nancy DeVisser