VFW candlelight vigil tonight, fundraiser Sunday

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 9/14/18

Members of the community's veterans organizations, and families, have scheduled a pair of events this weekend.The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598 was the scene of a disastrous fire less than two …

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VFW candlelight vigil tonight, fundraiser Sunday

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Members of the community's veterans organizations, and families, have scheduled a pair of events this weekend.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2598 was the scene of a disastrous fire less than two weeks ago, with the building a complete loss. These weekend events are to address that loss.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7 tonight at the destroyed post home  at 3730 North Ocoee St.

The public is invited to attend this special service, and acknowledge the veterans' loss. The VFW facility has been a meeting place for veterans, and other community events for more than 60 years.

This evening's program is an opportunity to share memories and fellowship. 

Over the next several weeks, VFW officials are anticipating the formation of plans for a new facility. There will be several fundraisers scheduled, with the effort coordinated through Regions Bank.

In addition to the candlelight vigil this evening, a "Hope for the VFW" fundraiser is scheduled for noon Sunday at the American Legion Post 81 on James Asbury Drive N.W.

This initial fundraiser will feature music by Trailer Hippies, Ashes Fall, Rumble Strip, Mother Legacy, Slow Fuze Blues, Skeleton Key, Cody Hyde, Sister Savage, Mayo Crew, and Mark Seferyn.

Organizers say there will also be plenty of food, and beverages, as well as a live auction with some "amazing" items.

Anyone unable to attend Sunday's fundraiser, but who wants to donate to this VFW construction project, can donate at Regions Bank.

For more information, contact Ernie Griggs at 865-719-7231.   

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