The home of the Christmas City of the North Parade and Bentleyville Tour of Lights now has another memorable, yet more subdued, way of reflecting on the season: a holiday display at the Duluth Technology Village that both honors and assists people in the U.S. military.
The building’s large lobby, at 11 E. Superior St., has wreaths and a 20-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with patriotic ornaments and U.S. flags, with military winter boots ringing the tree’s base. Adjacent to the tree are flags from each military branch, while windows facing Superior Street contain the message, “Thinking of our military heroes this holiday season.”
“Military members stationed around the world won’t get to be with their families this holiday season, so this is a small way of telling them how much we appreciate all that they sacrifice for us,” said Tiffany Hughes, Property/Leasing Manager for A&L Properties, which owns and manages the Duluth Technology Village. “We look at this display as a tribute to all the men and women, past and present, who have served our country.”
A&L is donating 16 pairs of winter boots plus 72 pairs of gloves to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) in Duluth. Hughes invites others wishing to support the MACV to drop off new, warm winter clothing or checks at the A&L office, in Suite 130 of the Technology Village.
A&L Properties has a long relationship with the military. A&L co-founder Lee R. Anderson, Sr., graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and served in the U.S. Army. He hired thousands of military veterans to work at his businesses over the years, and collaborated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to start the “Hiring Our Heroes” program.
A&L Properties is a commercial real estate and leasing firm based in Duluth. In addition to the Duluth Technology Village, A&L owns and/or manages the Wieland Building, Phoenix Building, Lakewalk Center and Lakewalk North in Duluth, City Center in Superior, and others. Its web address is www.ALproperties.us