BEDFORD, Va. -

Employees of a popular hardware store chain came together in Bedford today to get the National D-Day Memorial ready for an upcoming anniversary.

Next year marks 70 years since U-S troops invaded Normandy during World War Two.

As part of the Lowes Heroes Program, area store employees gave up their Saturday to do some upgrades to the memorial.

Lowes donated paint and materials to re-do the middle plaza and provided the volunteers for the project.

Lowes volunteer, Mike Ridder, told Your Hometown News Leader, "It's probably the last chance all of the veterans will have of the D-Day time period. Probably their last hoorah. So it's important that we get involved in this, support the memorial and take care of some of the things that they need."

More than 60 gallons of paint were used to touch-up the plaza.

This is one of many projects for veterans organized by the company every year.