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American Legion awarded Home Depot grant, getting major renovations

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A major surprise brought cheers and laughter to the men and women at the American Legion. Home Depot has awarded them a major grant to give their Drake Avenue building a major face-lift.

“Oh, yes, is very long overdue,” one manager added.

"The place has needed an uplift for a long time and it's hard putting money into doing that kind of stuff,” Ralph Morris, a Huntsville Legion veteran since 1997, admitted.

Home Depot rolls out their Depot Project annually. It’s a program where they give back to the community by renovating properties. This year, they’re giving back to those who’ve served.

About 75 volunteers from Depot stores across north Alabama will make the two-day renovations. The will redo flooring in the ballroom, paint the inside and outside of the building, redo lighting, update landscaping and so much more.

Morris said what mattered most to him were the flags outside. Storms ruined the poles and flags that haven’t flown for months.

It’s a special project for a very special group of people.

"It makes us look better and a lot more proper to the community. They will see us a lot better, I think,” veteran Ralph Miller added.

The Legion works daily to honor veterans who have passed away. On Monday, the community honored them.

"It's really unbelievable. I'm really kind of shocked by it,” Miller admitted.

Teams will come out Wednesday to start work that’s expected to wrap Friday.

Check back for the final product.

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