Gunpowder VFW celebrates 50 years
The Gunpowder VFW Post 10067 is looking good for being 50 years-old.
The organization celebrated 50 years of servicing the area’s veterans with a dedication ceremony and community celebration on Saturday, August 12.
During the event, current Postmaster Paul Huber presented certificates of appreciation and badges to the devoted veterans who have kept the institution going for all these decades.
The three honorees were Thomas Taylor and Walter Rittenhouse Sr., both charter members who helped
establish the post, and Mary Jones, the post’s longest standing female member
Post 10067 was given its name because it accrued 100 members during its first year in 1967. It started with only 40 members, mostly made up of young men who served in World War I and the Korean War.
“It’s always been a place where the veterans can meet up and have a good time, and exchange war stories,” said Bill Parsons, one of the chairmen and organizers of the 50th celebration. “We do a lot of community work for the neighborhood too.”
For example, the center often partners with the Red Cross to hold blood drives and LifeLine to provide health screenings. Parsons said they also make an effort to reach out to children in the surrounding neighborhoods by doing public outreach, such as working with local Boy Scout troops.
Located on Ebenezer Rd. in Middle River, they now boast a membership of over 200.
“We’re here today to rededicate ourselves on our fiftieth anniversary,” said Huber during the award presentation. “This is a very special moment in the history of the VFW Post 10067 that represents a recommitment to the VFW organization, to the veterans themselves, their fami- lies, and to our community.
The celebration continued with activities like a dunking tank, raffles, horseshoes and corn hole games, and an Army Humvee open for photo opportunities.
“I send my sincere thanks and appreciation to the members of VFW Post 10067 for their outstanding record of service to the community, veterans and to the nation over the past 50 years,” said Brian J. Duffy, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
For more information on the Gunpowder VFW Post 10067 and a schedule of their events, visit their Facebook page at www. facebook. com/ Gunpowder- VFWPost-10067-515819531763961.