BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek VFW on Dayton-Xenia Road is proudly displaying a new addition to its building thanks to the Xenia Lowes store.
The store recently donated a fence post with a patriotic theme to the veterans, who hung it outside for members and motorists to see every day. The fence post was painted by Lowes employee Mari Shead, a budding artist. It featured an American flag waving in the wind with a bald eagle flying in front, and the store used it as part of its Memorial Day display to welcome shoppers to the store, according to Manager Kim Leeper.
Instead of just letting it sit in a back room for the rest of the year, Leeper decided to donate it as a way to give back to the community. VFW member Jim “Harley” Groves previously worked at Lowes, which is how the Beavercreek chapter became the owner of the painting.
Groves was enamored with the artwork the moment he saw it.
“I just thought it was impressive,” he said.