To the Editor: Support urged for veteran groups
Written by Dick Conrad   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:15
Support your local veterans organizations, whether it be the Legion, VFW, AMVETS or some other veterans group.
Veteran organizations and their facilities are a great community asset. As an example, Lybarger-Grimm American Legion Post 441, Tontogany facility is a local community shelter, we provide our Post home to the local election board (at no cost) for elections; we build and provide to the community two ball diamonds and a shelter house; we provide free flags to the Otsego schools and donated money to provide a flag pole at the Otsego softball diamond; we support the Tontogany festival; we send at least three Otsego students to Buckeye Boys State and our Auxiliary sent three student to Girls State; we provide an Honor Guard for all Otsego home football games, the Tontogany Festival parade, the Tontogany Halloween parade and also for local veteran's funerals.
We decorate over 700 graves in seven different cemeteries for Memorial Day and keep a registration of the location of all veterans buried in these cemeteries. We support our local Scouts, 4H, fire department, churches and much more.
I know that other veterans groups through Wood County also support their local communities in similar fashion, if not more so. Again, veteran's organizations are a tremendous asset to their communities.
The number of eligible veterans to join these organizations is down and the membership in these organizations is also down. Part of the reason is that during WWII, almost all able bodied men and women joined the service and when they came home, they joined their local veteran organizations. Today fewer men and women are going into the service; therefore, the pool of eligible veterans is also down.
If we are to survive, we need your help. When Weston Legion has their dinners, when Grand Rapids has their monthly fish fry; when the VFW has their weekly dinner; when Bradner Legion has their monthly dinner; when Tontogany has its Thursday night Bingo, Give us your support.
It cost almost $30,000 a year to run the Tontogany American Legion facility. Recently, we had to put a new roof on our kitchen and bathroom area. This cost $7,000. To recoup our cost, we are having a Spaghetti Dinner and Auction on Saturday, July 27th starting at 4:00 p.m. Come, bring the family, and enjoy a night out and support your local veterans.
Dick Conrad, Commander
Bowling Green

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