10-year-old honored at Memorial Day service for $500 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project

Gregory Hankle made survival bracelets for charity

LORAIN, Ohio - The AMVETS Post 47 in Lorain held their annual Memorial Day service Monday evening. Veterans and their families from many wars attended, including a special honoree.

Veterans young and old, a youth ROTC honor guard, families and friends all came together in a solemn patriotic service that honors those that died and served our country.

"Every year this is a special event for us we're having a Memorial Day service where we are obviously honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Mike Kachure, AMVETS Post 47 Commander.

A list of names was read of those lost this year was followed by a three gun salute and taps.

He's not a veteran or in the military, but a special honor was given to 10-year-old Gregory Hankle.
He donated $500 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Gregory made and sold hundreds of camo survival bracelets so he could help his heroes that came home sick or wounded.

"It goes to a good charity and not just putting it in my pocket," said Hankle.

"I couldn't be more proud of him you know it is an example to his peers but to all of us here in terms of what it takes to give back to those who are serving and those who are coming back wounded on our behalf, it is just a special meaning for me and this young man and his family."

Gregory ties the bracelets in less than 10 minutes after learning how from a you tube video. Sales were continuing at a brisk pace after the ceremony ended.

You can purchase a $5 paracord camouflage survival bracelet from Gregory at the AMVETS Post 47, 3009 Broadway in Lorain. Call (440) 244-2160 for more information.

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