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Veterans and Founders Honored with Flag Dedication Ceremony

Veterans and Founders Honored with Flag Dedication Ceremony

REI and NPS held a flag dedication ceremony on Monday, September 14, 2015 to honor all of their team members that have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military as well as a tribute to the companies’ founders.  Tom and Bette Nieuwenhuis founded NPS in 1972, and in 1991, Tom and his son Jay founded REI.  The ceremony began with a presentation of the Colors by representatives from the VFW Burns Post 388 Honor Guard.

The companies proudly display an American flag and an Armed Forces flag to represent all branches of the military in the companies’ main conference room.  The American flag has been dedicated to the companies’ founders Tom and Bette Nieuwenhuis, and the Armed Forces flag has been dedicated to all of REI and NPS’s veteran team members.

"Once in a while you just have to be reminded of people that served and how things started,” says founder Tom Nieuwenhuis.  ”I think it's just a wonderful opportunity and it's nice to hear thank you once in a while."

"We are proud to show appreciation to all who have served our Nation,” states REI President and NPS co-owner Jeny Nieuwenhuis.  "These flags are a reminder of the many sacrifices our veterans and their families have made while serving our country and a dedication to our valued founders.”