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AmericInn does gifts, discounts for military

In a special tribute to America's military, the AmericInn of Detroit Lakes prepared 300 teddy bears and delivered 25 gift bags to local military families as part of a Veterans Day salute called "Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes."

Gifts included toys, games, stuffed animals and other fun activities designed to promote family time together.

The gift bags were prepared at a special event at the hotel that included AmericInn employees, guests and the local community. Local third- and fourth-graders helped stuffed 300 bears and local military families picked up the bags, enjoyed pizza and open swim for the evening.

The remaining items were donated to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network.

"The participants in this initiative gave generously of their time, demonstrating inspiring and heartwarming support for military families," said Melissa Hiemenz and Andrea Sieling, event coordinators for the event.

"We are proud to be part of this nationwide program by AmericInn that honors the service of military members and supports their families during the time of service," they added.

AmericInn hotels around the country organized similar events "Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes." The hotels reported that the gift packing and donation events attracted strong participation from a broad spectrum of citizens in their communities.

Local chapters of Blue Star Mothers, a national military support organization, also joined in several of the special events.

"Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes" is part of an on-going national commitment by AmericInn to support members of the military and their families.

During the past several years the company has sponsored a variety of military support initiatives including preparing and shipping thousands of care packages to military troops stationed overseas.

The company offers a national discount on room rates to active duty and retired members of the military and their dependents.

They can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at a hotel, or by calling the toll-free number: 800-634-3444. A military I.D. is also required at check-in.

AmericInn has been honored by the Department of Defense with two awards: The "Seven Seals Award" and the "Above and Beyond Award" for its support of the military.