Gun­pow­der VFW cel­e­brates 50 years

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

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.

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