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Stormy Kromer supports veterans with Upper Peninsula Honor Flight commemorative cap

Ironwood, MI, March 1, 2016 — Stormy Kromer, makers of functional headwear born in the wilds of the northern Midwest, has created commemorative limited edition caps to benefit the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. The men’s and women’s caps will be available for purchase on Stormy Kromer’s website- www.stormykromer.com – beginning today.

Honor Flight Stormy Kromer Cap

“We have a long tradition of supporting our veterans and the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight provides an amazing service to our vets,” said Gina Thorsen, Stormy Kromer president.

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, part of the national Honor Flight system, is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The program transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to the veterans.

To date the U.P. Honor Flight has transported nearly 800 veterans to Washington, D.C. The next U.P. Honor Flight is scheduled for May 25.

In December of last year, Jacquart Fabric Products, makers of Stormy Kromer, was recognized with the Michigan Works Veterans Employer of the year for it’s support of veterans.

For more details on the UP Honor Flight visit www.upperpeninsulahonorflight.org.

About Stormy Kromer:
Established in 1903, Stormy Kromer is an outdoor apparel company comprised of genuine, hardworking artisans who strive to provide classic, yet contemporary products with the same passion, purity and practicality as the first Stormy Kromer cap over a century ago. Located in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, today Stormy Kromer proudly continues its tradition of hand-crafting American made products and supporting American made jobs. For more information, visit www.stormykromer.com.

Meet Living Legend Finalist Chris Hillier!

Nominated by: Sandra Lowe, friend
Christopher Hillier is not a man who talks about a “mission.” He doesn’t claim to be any more than a man who loves to hike…long distances. Anybody who agrees to go for a walk with Christopher already knows he can go for miles and miles. This hiking man has been on countless trails for months at a time and still revels in the joy of walking anytime, with anyone. Christopher takes the time to include individuals for whom hiking is a challenge. He encourages virtually every person he meets to “get your boots on let’s hit the trail.”

Christopher is an Army veteran and has represented Burning Boots, a hiking group of veterans who are seeking solace and health through walking in nature. He also walked, or “hiked,” non-stop in May 2013 to raise money for the American Cancer Society at the 24-hour Relay for Life. He led a group of vision-impaired young people on a hike through western Michigan. Christopher also crossed the state with a bicyclist who uses a prosthetic leg. He encourages and inspires everyone around him to get moving. Overweight, Asperger’s Syndrome, elderly, young people…these are all individuals who have walked with Christopher and have been moved, literally, by him. His generous acts of inclusion make him a Living Legend.

In addition to hiking, Christopher also educates those around him. He has given talks at a local library and several hiking associations, as well as quasi-governmental agencies, giving advice on gear, terrain, survival, and anything else a person about to go on a hike would need to know. Christopher was nominated for the Governor’s Fitness Award and optimized the opportunity of speaking with Governor Snyder to talk about the importance of accessible and connected trails in Michigan.

No, Christopher isn’t on a mission. But this remarkable man has a vision that anybody who wants to walk should not have obstacles in order to do so. He has taught me and many others that the only real obstacle is lack of motivation.

Charity: American Cancer Society

Hometown: Taylor, MI