Kutztown Car Wash offers free wash in honor of Veterans Day

Submitted by Jamie and Paul Noon Kutztown Car Wash, with help from Kutztown High School National Honor Society students, offered a free car wash to veterans on Veteran's Day Nov. 11. Pictured center is a 97-year-old WWII veteran with Kutztown NHS students. Left to right are Steph Billig, Shelby Kuchenbrod, Sally Leibelsperger and Rachel Fegley.
Submitted by Jamie and Paul Noon Kutztown Car Wash, with help from Kutztown High School National Honor Society students, offered a free car wash to veterans on Veteran's Day Nov. 11. Pictured is the evening crew, Ryan Noon, Sallie Sandler (KAHS NHS advisor), Connor Mertz, Jennifer Rohrbach, Amanda Miller, Danielle Kauffman, Emma Adam and Jade Hennsinger.

Kutztown Car Wash honored veterans with a free car wash, participating in the Grace for Vets program for the fourth year on Veterans Day.

Offering all area veterans and active service personnel a complimentary wash on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Kutztown Car Wash joined car washes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the Grace for Vets program in an effort to say, “Thank you,” to people who sacrifice for our freedom.

Veterans received an extra bonus - members of the Kutztown Area High School’s National Honor Society were on site to do all the vacuuming and washing. Ryan Noon, a senior and president of the NHS chapter at KAHS, coordinated the high school students’ participation, which included excused absence from school. While the students provided a service to the veterans and military personnel of their community, those who served shared their personal experiences with the students about the various wars and functions in which they served.

According to Grace for Vets website, http://www.graceforvets.org/, “The mission of Grace For Vets, a non-profit organization, is to honor those who have served or are currently serving their country. This international program unites the car wash industry each year on Nov. 11. Whether observing Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, we unite together as a whole, and provide FREE car washes to ALL veterans and service personnel.”

“Founded in 2004 by a single car wash operator, the program has grown from just a handful of washes to several thousand, in four countries. The program’s founder, Mike Mountz, was inducted into the International Carwash Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010,” according to the website.