November 11th, 2011
Seems like today, Veteran’s Day is a good time to explain the Wall in the shop. We get alot of comments from people that walk in , asking about our service, or why the patches , pictures, coins etc…. are up on the wall behind us….. Story is, years ago, during the first Iraq, we had a Marine, Clint, (picture below) get in touch with us to order a custom Linden, he wanted it to be ready to pick up when he was back from his deployment. We got it made, a custom “camo” Linden…… he left us his hat (cover) when he left, and so I just hung it up on the clock, where it is still today. Well, that started it….. next, a kid from the Army, back, left his patch…. so, I put it up on the wall….. then, a couple other people came in, and left their patches….. then it started to take on a life of it’s own…. when we opened the new building, of course we moved everything over. Then, the cops and fireman started to ask why we didn’t have any of their stuff up there…… so, they started leaving patches hats, and even a plaque from Beaverton PD……. and , it continues to grow….. a couple years ago, some Coasties came in, wondered why we didn’t have any of their stuff up there…..same answer….. because no one brought anything in….. so, a couple of them somehow “found” a flag off their boat, and brought it in…….. now, we get coins, rank, other “stuff” from all branches of the military, and cops and fireman from all over the country. We are proud to have this wall up….. some may not understand such a thing in a surf shop……… but, we get a ton of comments, and we are proud of each patch up on the wall! And….. we always welcome any new additions!!!!