CHICAGO — It’s that time again when we ask drycleaning owners to share stories of a patriotic nature from the fabricare industry.

So many dry cleaners do things for U.S. service personnel and veterans, including cleaning flags, uniforms and much more. And we put those stories and photos together in our reader favorite Red, White and Blue (And You) special feature coming in the July issue.

But we need your help. Please take a moment and share a story: maybe about an item youve cleaned that was particularly memorable; or a veterans story who comes in your drycleaning store; or fire, police, EMT and other service people who you have cleaned something for. Send your descriptive write-up, be as detailed as you can (we all love details), and e-mail it to: [email protected].

Also, please attach a high-resolution photo and a caption describing who is in the photo and the item cleaned. Photos are very important so please make sure to include with your story!

As an example, here is one of the many stories and photos shared last year; this one from Joseph D. Gagliostro, owner, Muldoon Dry Cleaners Inc., Auburn N.Y., who shared this with everyone: “Cool gift of this photo (see photo) that this veteran made up for me. He has been bringing his uniform in for over 50 years on a yearly basis for the Memorial Day parade going back to my grandparents. We’ve never charged him a dime. He tears up every time he comes in.”

This Red, White and Blue (And You) special feature in the July issue helps celebrate our country’s Fourth of July spirit in our own fabricare style. But we can’t share great stories and images without you!

Won’t you help out this year and share a story and photo of something of a special patriotic nature, maybe something you’ve cleaned for our veterans or service personnel? Just e-mail [email protected] and do it today!  Need it by May 15.  Thank you very much!