Community celebrates Elkton VFW’s 70th anniversary
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— Community members and town officials came together to celebrate the Elkton Memorial Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post No. 8175’ s 70th anniversary on Saturday.
” Today’s event is the VFW’s anniversary of the existence in the Elkton location,” said Commander Charles McCoy, who has been commander for the post for 16 years and has been with the post since 1982.
The event was organized by the post’s 70th Anniversary Committee with help from Mike Dixon of the Cecil County Historical Society. During the celebration, various people made speeches and there was also food and live music. Among those who attended were Elkton Mayor Rob Alt, Commissioners Earl Piner and Mary Jo Jablonski and Elkton Chief of Police
” We are so proud in our town to have post 8175 right in the heart of our downtown,” Alt said. “We’re proud to be part of their 70th birthday.”
McCoy said that he and the post’s 251 members are also proud to be marking 70 years and plan to continue with their goal of serving and bettering the community. He said the anniversary is a milestone in both town and county history.
Some of McCoy’s favorite memories from his time with the VFW include the dances the post holds for Bayside Community Network, a care facility for people with disabilities, twice a year. He said it’s a great experience to see the children smile and have fun. He also reminisced about the changes to the post’s building 30 years ago.
” We’ve tripled the size of the VFW, the past 35 years,” McCoy noted.
As he looks toward the future, McCoy said he hopes younger veterans will join the post, such as those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Members of the community joined the celebration as well.
Elkton residents Linda Giles and Bruce Pullen said they enjoyed the event.
Giles said the she thought it was “wonderful” to show their appreciation to the VFW.
Pullen said he liked the event because everyone walked around and showed their respect for the veterans.
” It’s gonna go forever,” Pullen said of the VFW post.
Joan Lipford, an Elkton resident and Giles’ grandmother, said she too liked the event.
” I think it’s wonderful, what they’ve done. The people who did not come missed a wonderful celebration,” Lipford said.
Elkton residents Adriana Lipford, Linda Giles, Bruce Pullen and Lisa Holmes sit and enjoy the food and music during the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8175’s 70th anniversary on Saturday.