The VFW Post 3762 will be celebrating 75 years of helping veterans along with its members and state officials next month.
Sheldon Litton, senior vice commander at the post, after hearing from state officials, decided to look into a piece of the history of the post. One fact that might not be as well known was the existence of a VFW post in Fayette County as far back as 1899. Back during this time it was referred to as the American Veterans of Foreign Service and within Fayette County was “Camp 2,” which as the name suggests was the second organization under the foreign service banner within the state.
“Back in 1903 a national convention was held here in Fayette County,” Litton said. “I imagine it would have taken some of them days to make it to Fayette County. The history of the post is somewhat lost between these times, but after sometime we had Orestes Elmer Hardway, a World War I veteran, whom the post was named after. I couldn’t find a lot of information on him, but just knowing we have been around for longer than 75 years is interesting.”
On Dec. 15, 1940, the VFW Post 3762 was chartered. Since, the post has been very helpful to the community. It has given back through many means, including donating for scholarships to the local schools and helping to get more money for a student in the Voice of Democracy program, which is judged by the state. They help send boys to the Buckeye Boys Ranch as well as supplying flags for schools and other organizations in the county.
“We help veterans with issues they might not be able to get help for otherwise,” Litton said. “For instance, our VFW Riders have helped to build wheelchair ramps and provide for veterans seeking help. We work with Amy Jackson at the veterans’ service office to bring even more help to veterans. Also, our VFW Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary help to provide individuals for veterans or spouses, brothers, fathers or family to talk and relate to. If they are facing issues of PTSD or just want to find some new friends, the VFW is here to help.”
The celebration will occur on Dec. 16 and is open to members of the post. The VFW Auxiliary state president and the VFW commander will make an appearance and local historian Paul LaRue will speak about the history in those 75 years.
The VFW is continuing to help the community and Litton said they are open to new ideas on how to help. The VFW would also like to remind the community that on Nov. 14, the post will host breakfast from 8 until 11 a.m. and lunch and dinner from noon until 6 p.m. All veterans will eat for free and non-veterans can also eat at the cost of $5 per meal during the day.
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