Memorial Day Every Day at the Barber Den

Posted 5/26/2014

Today is Memorial Day, a day set aside to commemorate all who have died serving this great nation. It was originally called Decoration Day, with May 30th designated for the national remembrance. Flowers, ribbons...

...and flags dotted gravesites of Civil War soldiers all across villages, towns and family plots. After Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Memorial Day was moved to the last Monday in May, beginning in 1971.

The BarbeDen holds our nation’s military in high esteem. Two of our current barbers are military veterans, and we have proudly cut the hair of active duty servicemen and veterans of every war and conflict since WWII. Our walls display reminders that customers have given us of planes they flew, flags they carried and even military family photos. Sometimes they have a story to tell, and we listen. Sometimes they don’t want to talk about it, which is understandable. 









Cpl Max Donahue






One reminder falls very close to home, a photo of Cpl. Max Donahue, USMC, who was a childhood friend of my sons. Only 23, he had already completed a tour of duty in Iraq and in 2010 was critically injured (later dying) while serving in Afghanistan. His sacrifice will not be forgotten, nor will the valor of those who now serve.

Stop by the Barber Den. If the flag is out, we're open for business!