Spring Lake Park VFW officially ‘re-opens’

With sabers at the ready, Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen and founding member Ray Hoff officially “re-opened” the Kraus-Hartig VFW Post May 18.

Kraus-Hartig VFW Post Commander Don LaCroix (left) accepts a city proclamation from Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen May 18 recognizing the post’s contributions to the city. Mike Setterlund (left) and Justin Beall are the flag guards. Photo by Sharal Hagstrom

Kraus-Hartig VFW Post Commander Don LaCroix (left) accepts a city proclamation from Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen May 18 recognizing the post’s contributions to the city. Mike Setterlund (left) and Justin Beall are the flag guards. Photo by Sharal Hagstrom

Before cutting the tape, Hansen read the official proclamation citing all of the post’s deeds and dedication to military members and their family members.

The post, located at 8100 Pleasant View Dr. N.E., was originally opened April 4, 1946 by Hoff, now 94, and 31 fellow service members.

“About three-fourths of the original members are gone now,” said Post Commander Don LaCroix.

Saturday’s brief ceremony was in celebration of the post’s new look.

The remodeling job included rewiring the phone system, adding Wi-Fi capabilities, painting the exterior and interior walls, installing new carpet and redoing the woodwork and installing a free-standing smokers cabin, said LaCroix.

The work took about three months and was done by volunteers from the post and the auxiliaries, he said.

The post remained open during the construction.

For more information on the post, visit the VFW’s website, www.vfw-6587.org, or Facebook page.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

 
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