June 27, 2014
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave
I lead a busy life, just like 3 million other Americans. Sometimes we forget the pride we have for our country until something boosts it back into full swing. Recently, I was rushing about my normal work day when a gentleman came in to purchase a small garden flag. He also needed the bracket to show it off in his garden, so I happily took him to its location and helped him pick the right one. The flag was a portrait of a soldier on guard, perfect for the upcoming birthday of our nation. As we were talking, he pulled out his cellphone and began scrolling through pictures. He stopped on one particular picture and showed it to me. It was a guard, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
As I looked at the guard’s face and looked back at the gentleman before me, I began to realize they were one and the same. Sergeant Robert G. Reigle, the man standing with me in Bucks Country Gardens, was the guard in the photo. For a year and half, Sergeant Reigle had the proud honor of guarding the tomb. This once in a lifetime experience for him became a once in a lifetime experience for me, too, for the honor of meeting him. I was almost speechless. The sense of pride that surrounded me was intense. After conversing for a few minutes, he walked to the registers, made his purchases and was on his way.
The experience made me think–that sense of pride is always present, we just need a reminder every now and again. A simple way is to support the U.S.A in any way that we can. At Bucks Country Gardens, we have a large list of products and vendors that are made and manufactured in America. From iconic American Flags to Stonewall Kitchen specialty foods, our Garden Center embodies American pride. As you walk in the front door into our Main Room, you’ll find Cinda b. totes and bags, Blu Marble Recycled Glassware, Ellie Preston Jewelry, Thymes Home Fragrances and many more items that are all Made in the U.S.A. Venture further into the Patio Room and you’ll discover Telescope Casual Furniture and Woodard Casual Furniture, both Made in the U.S.A. Stroll deeper into the store and you’ll see a display featuring sample fences, posts, birdhouses and more from Walpole Outdoors, which is proud to be made in Maine.
From our locally made Kunkleman Pottery to our many birdhouses and feeders (some made as close as Bethlehem), everywhere you turn you’ll find more Made in the U.S.A. products. Over 95% of our trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals are grown in America. As you are checking out for the day, take note that our greeting cards, SallyeAnder Soap, Bumper Crop and Gardener’s Gold Potting Soil are also made right here in the U.S.A. The list just keeps going on and on and on. If you think it is hard to find American made products, it really isn’t. Shopping local is great way to find the most American made products. Supporting your local businesses continues the circle of pride and supporting your fellow American.
You see, it’s a chain reaction. I was reminded of how proud I am to be an American. If Sergeant Reigle hadn’t shown me his picture, I would have gone about my day just like any other day. I wouldn’t have thought of all the products that we carry that are produced in the U.S.A.
As I drove home that incredible Wednesday, I noticed the products didn’t stop at Bucks Country Gardens. Driving my American made Ford Mustang GT furthered my sense of pride. Like I said before, the list goes on and on and on.
Thank you for your service Sergeant Robert G. Reigle.
Ryan Hebel | Customer Service Manager