Com­mu­nity cel­e­brates Elk­ton VFW’s 70th an­niver­sary

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

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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

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Matt Don­nelly.

” 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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

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.

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