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Approaching Memorial Day Weekend

In uniform between tours of Korea, Manchester Wood's founder Cliff Pierce, his wife Evelyn, and their son, Cliff Jr.

In uniform leaving for Korea, Manchester Wood’s founder Cliff Pierce, his wife Evelyn, and their son, Cliff Jr.

Next Monday, May 27th is Memorial Day- a very special day for many Americans. This coming weekend leading in is one typically of celebration, shopping deals, and the bustling spirit of a summer kicked-off under hopefully sunny clear skies. Aside from the coming festivities, we wanted to take a moment beforehand to honor and pay tribute to all the veterans of the armed forces that brought upon such a celebration.

Cliff just before recieving two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was wounded; bandaged; wounded again, and returned to base saving his unit awarding him the Bronze Star.

Cliff in Korea 1953

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. As we entered the 20th century Memorial Day became extended to honor all Americans who have died while in military service.

At Manchester Wood several of our employees have served, and fortunately are still here today proudly crafting our solid wood furniture made in the USA. Our company’s founder Cliff Pierce enlisted in the Army and served in Korea in the US Armored Artillery from 1951-53 as 1st Lieutenant after graduating from Officer Training School. He received two Purple Hearts and was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy. He was Honorably discharged in 1953; soon after he began his career in American furniture manufacturing, which would later create “the mill” and the Manchester Wood we know today.

To all our servicemen and woman, and especially to those we’ve lost in military service, past and present, we humbly thank you. And as Cliff always said, “God bless you.”

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  • carol clark May 23, 2013, 2:09 am

    this is so pretty makes me greatful to have parents and grandparents

  • Raymond S. May 28, 2013, 9:02 am

    Thank you for sharing such an inspirational and memorative Memorial Day post! Enjoyed reading!

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