To honor the country’s veterans and raise funds for Operation: Cigars for Warriors, Viva Republica will be releasing a limited edition cigar that will ship to retailers this Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 10.

“For Veterans Day this year I wanted to do something for an organization that I truly believe in,” said Jason Holly, owner of Viva Republica, via a press release. “The volunteers of Operation: Cigars for Warriors work tirelessly to get cigars to the men and women fighting for our country.”

The cigar, known as the Viva Republica / C4W V-Day Limited Edition Charitable Release, will sell for $6 per stick, with all proceeds from the wholesale of the cigar to authorized retailers going directly to Operation: Cigars for Warriors.

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Cigars for Warriors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to serving U.S. military members serving in combat zones. Storm Boen, chairman of the board for Operation: Cigars for Warriors, said that “the support of Viva Republica could not have come at a better time; every month we have more requests from active duty troops than our all-volunteer organization can fill and the donation from the sale of Viva’s cigars will be used to defray our shipping costs when sending cigars to troops overseas.”

Only 100 bundles of 20 cigars are being produced, and according to Holly, 96 of them have been sold as of Wednesday morning. The cigar will measure 5 1/8 x 42 and is said to be a medium-plus smoke designed to be bold and flavorful. “This release features a prototype Nicaraguan wrapper I have been working with,” said Holly. “In terms of the blend, it’s a bit different style than the regular production portfolio.” It is being made at La Aurora’s E. León Jimenes Tabacalera in the Dominican Republic.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.