Kraus-Hartig VFW to celebrate new look

The Kraus-Hartig VFW Post has a new look and will celebrate its makeover with a re-grand opening May 18.

The ceremony will start at 11:45 a.m. with a proclamation and ribbon cutting by Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen at the post, 8100 Pleasant View Drive N.E.

Remodeling included rewiring the phone system, adding wifi capabilities, painting the exterior and interior walls, installing new carpet and redoing the woodwork and installing a free standing smokers cabin, said Commander Don LaCroix.

“The brunt of this work has been accomplished in the last three months by a band of merry volunteers from the post and auxiliaries,” he said.

In the post’s 67 years of history, “we have added on to the building four times with the new hall, atrium and smokers lounge/patio,” LaCroix said.

The VFW was chartered April 4, 1946 and is named after PFC Richard Kraus, who was killed in action Oct. 3, 1944, while serving with the Marines on Peliliu Island in the Pacific when he was 18 years old, and Lt. Fred Hartig, who was killed Jan. 24. 1944 during a bombing run over Frankfurt, Germany, as part of the Army Air Corps 79th Fighter Squadron/20th Fighter group. Both men were medal of honor winners.

Their stories can be see on the VFW’s website,

Tammy Sakry is at [email protected]