Great Clips Honors Military and Veterans with Cut-A-Thon and Pearl Harbor Meet & Greet

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World’s Largest Hair Salon Brand Commemorates 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon brand, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a cut-a-thon and a meet and greet with veterans who braved the “day that will live in infamy.” This is a weeklong program Great Clips is sponsoring with the Greatest Generations Foundation to honor WWII Pearl Harbor veterans.

WHAT: On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the three Great Clips salons on the island of Oahu will offer $7.99 haircuts from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Tripler Fisher Houses. Combined, these two beautiful homes can house 19 families at one time, at no cost, while their loved ones receive medical care at the nearby Tripler Army Medical Center.

During a 2-hour meet and greet at one of the cut-a-thon salons, two Pearl Harbor Veterans with the Greatest Generations Foundation will sign autographs and take pictures.

97-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Mickey Ganitch – Born in Mogadore, Ohio, Mickey was no stranger to hard work. Growing up on a farm, he was always up early and in bed late. The depression had put a stop to jobs and having trouble finding work, Mickey moved to California and eventually joined the U.S. Navy. The Navy gave him the job of quartermaster and the even more important task of taking the helm of the ship, steering the massive vessel while underway. However, his battle station was in the crow’s nest. When the attack hit, Mickey made his way up to that vantage point, watching as the battle unfolded.

95-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Jack Holder – On the morning of Dec 7, Jack Holder assembled for a muster and heard a loud crash. It was the first bomb dropped on Ford Island, which initiated the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor. As Jack looked to the sky, he saw it filled with Japanese bombers, identified by the rising sun insignia. “There’s always a moment of fear, but you can’t let that bother you, you got to get involved. Once the adrenaline starts to flow it becomes a game, a game you desperately want to win.”

The Greatest Generations Foundation is a non-profit organization that honors the sacrifices of veterans by returning them to their former battlegrounds so their legacies are recorded and told to future generations.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 6

  • Meet and greet with WWII Pearl Harbor Veterans – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. only at the Great Clips at Moanalua Shopping Center, Honolulu.
  • Cut-A-Thon – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at all three Great Clips salons on the island.

WHERE: Cut-A-Thon at all three (3) Great Clips Salon locations:        

Great Clips Hair Salon
Moanalua Shopping Center
930 Valkenburgh St.
Honolulu, HI 96818
(808) 840-0195

Great Clips Hair Salon
Hawaii Kai Towne Center
(across from Costco)
333 Keahole St.
Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 425-5558

Great Clips Hair Salon
Kapolei Village Center
(Foodland)
4850 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 200-5074                

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has 4,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips is 100 percent franchised, and salons are owned locally by more than 1,200 franchisees across North America. Great Clips franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer care system and advanced technical skills. As a walk-in salon, Great Clips provides value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. Getting a great haircut is more convenient than ever with Great Clips’ Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check-in online, visit GreatClips.com or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit GreatClips.com.

About The Greatest Generations Foundation

The Greatest Generations Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit is dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of veterans by returning them to their former battlegrounds, cemeteries and memorials to ensure that their legacies are recorded and retold in perpetuity to future generations. Since 2004, The Greatest Generations Foundation has returned more than 4,200 World War II veterans to the battlegrounds on annual journeys to Pearl Harbor, England, Normandy, Italy and Iwo Jima, along with programs to the Pacific battlegrounds of Guadalcanal, Philippines, Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Tarawa and Okinawa to name a few at no costs to the veteran. While these voyages back to the battlefields are often emotional, they provide veterans a measure of closure from their war experiences, the chance to share in the gratitude for their service and a venue to educate others. Preserving the legacy of these heroic men and women happens most effectively through education and the retelling of stories to younger generations. TGGF's educational programs take a dynamic, experiential approach, allowing learners from all backgrounds to explore the values and beliefs that Americans and their Allies embraced during wartime. They address the extraordinary history of sacrifice and the noble accomplishments of those who served.

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