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Spring Cleaning & Scrounging

Service of Supply will have a delay in shipping orders between April 2nd and April 8. Anything ordered will go out about the 8th or 9th- sorry, but we’re going to revamp some space in the shop and take a little “junking” tour. Call it a vacation, but really, who doesn’t work through vacation when your job is eat, sleep, and breath military history? We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. You can still text Bryan with any questions, but if you need an item in 3 days, it can’t happen. Gotta do what we gotta do. Thanks for understanding.

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Running for Veterans

My son, and one of Service of Supply’s employees, ran a ūüéÉ fun run today wearing full Vietnam era combat gear. The 5k is raising money for great community organizations, but Ian is asking for sponsors to help raise money for the VFW Foundation. Help him through his GoFund Me.

https://gf.me/u/y6zid5

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Coronavirus Face Masks

We’ve made over 1,200 masks at the time of this post. It’s crazy to see the demand for these keep steady. We’re not out of the woods yet, this dumb virus is persistent for sure. We humans have the power to stop it. Unfortunately it takes a lot of knowledge and a team effort. Wear the darn masks people. It’s not going to kill you to wear a mask- but it’s going to kill our economy, our whole way of life- if we don’t. And that’s the argument I can make if you aren’t already thinking of your fellow humans who can die from COVID-19. I wear a mask in public because I don’t want to be the one who inadvertently passes it along. I’ve been VERY safe over these last few months. I wear a mask, I touch nothing (except with Lysol wipes which I stocked up on pre-covid) and I avoid crowds. Other than run Service of Supply, I’m a high school history teacher, and we’ve been out of classes since March 13. When working in my shop, I use hand sanitizer like crazy. I wouldn’t say I’m paranoid. Not at all. I’m just going to be the last person on the earth who gets this virus. The masks have been pretty fun to make, I can successfully binge watch Netflix while sewing at the same time. I’ve been making reproductions since 2001, so it’s safe to say I sew more than a dozen pajama-making grandmothers. 1,200 masks, but that’s nothing. To date I’ve made 1,548 first aid pouches, 1,307 bandoleers, 1,130 gas brassards, 604 handkerchiefs, 536 neckties, and 479 PE bags. That’s a bit of sewing. Worn out two sewing machines along the way too. So I’m going to keep cranking out COVID masks, you all keep wearing them. Do it for a fellow citizen if not for yourself. And wear one with a little style. I’m keeping the price WAY low so you can be sure to wear one. Please, let us work together to make the coronavirus extinct.

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Veterans Day School Assembly and Yakima Veterans Day Parade 2018

I had the privilege of working with 24 awesome high school students who wore the uniforms of American service men and women from the last 100 years.¬† I’ve collected uniforms for a very long time, and this is the best, by far, way to display them!¬† Walking in the parade for the 100th commemoration of the end of WWI was incredible.¬† Yakima turned out in great numbers to honor our veterans.¬† It was an awesome day!

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Students Involved in Military Tributes, Parades and Events – Over the Years…

Service of Supply is not just a business.¬† It’s a personal collection, a way to honor our nation’s military veterans, and a vehicle for getting students involved in our patriotic history.¬† Bryan Dibble collects uniforms of all eras and puts them to use for Veterans Day, demonstrations, living history displays, and much more.¬† Students from our city eagerly volunteer to represent the military men and women of the past.¬† Our group is called SERVE – Students Engaged in Re-creating Veteran’s Experiences.¬† SERVE teaches students about the period of time they are representing.¬† We meet veterans at the VFW and learn more about what they experienced in the service.¬† Students who are wearing uniforms also are called upon to teach others, especially younger kids, what that uniform represents and who the people were called up to serve at that time in American history.¬† Since the late 1990s, hundreds of students have worn the uniforms and “walked a step in their shoes.”

 

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KATS FM Radio giving us a cool tribute for Veterans Day

KATS FM posted a cool little video last year for Veterans Day. ¬†We do this every year, and it’s fun to see the students wearing the uniforms and interacting with the vets at the FVW in Yakima, WA. ¬†Thanks to KATS for being there and sharing what these great kids do for our vets!

https://youtu.be/1E4YYXNLtjs