New post home dedicated in Gloucester

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Jun 05, 2019 - 02:37 PM

Photo: More than 100 people attended Saturday’s dedication of the new American Legion Post 75 building in Gloucester. Taking part in the ribbon cutting were, from left, Post 75 adjutant and Third District Commander Rick Ward, post sergeant at arms James Coates, chaplain Robert Berry, post commander Sue Brosmer, Department of Virginia Vice Commander Johnny Baker, Charles Records and Keith Barrack of Zandler Development Company, LLC, Post 75 board of directors’ member Kenneth Godfrey, incoming American Legion Post 75 Riders director Marvin VanBuskirk, post auxiliary president Julie Coates and post first vice commander Ralph Jordan. Photo courtesy of Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce

More than 100 people attended Saturday’s dedication of the new American Legion Post 75 building in Gloucester. Taking part in the ribbon cutting were, from left, Post 75 adjutant and Third District Commander Rick Ward, post sergeant at arms James Coates, chaplain Robert Berry, post commander Sue Brosmer, Department of Virginia Vice Commander Johnny Baker, Charles Records and Keith Barrack of Zandler Development Company, LLC, Post 75 board of directors’ member Kenneth Godfrey, incoming American Legion Post 75 Riders director Marvin VanBuskirk, post auxiliary president Julie Coates and post first vice commander Ralph Jordan. Photo courtesy of Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce

After nearly a decade of planning and diligent work, American Legion Post 75, Gloucester, officially opened and dedicated its new building during a special ceremony Saturday morning. The dedication couldn’t have come at a more special time, as the post home celebrated its 75th anniversary on Wednesday.

The new post home, which is located near its former location off Route 17 south of Gloucester Court House, is larger and includes an outdoor pavilion, which provides flexibility for events and programs.

“This is really neat to be able to get the building open so close to our birthday,” said Rick Ward, who serves as Post 75 adjutant as well as American Legion Department of Virginia Third District Commander. He said partnering with Zandler Development Company, LLC, to make the new post home a reality has been “really great.”

According to Ward, another special highlight to the day was when a number of senior members of the Gloucester High School NJROTC showed up to present the colors during Saturday’s ceremony. Normally, he said seniors don’t participate in raising the colors, but many of them had worked with Ward and other legionnaires over the past several years and decided to surprise them. “They raised the brand-new flags on the new poles for the first time,” Ward said.

More than 100 guests attended Saturday’s event, including representatives from Gloucester County, other community organizations and legionnaires from across Virginia. “It was truly a monumental day for the post,” Ward said.

Gloucester treasurer Tara Thomas made an impromptu speech on behalf of the county. “She talked about the great relationship between Post 75 and the county,” Ward said. “She did a really great job and is a really outstanding lady.”

Normally, he said post members don’t see a new post home in their lifetimes. “To see new life for this post is tremendous,” Ward said. “It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

According to Ward, it has been an eight-year battle to make the new building a reality. He said the former home was built in the 1930s as a private residence and first opened as the post’s home in 1949. “It served many, many years as the post home in Gloucester,” he said. “However, it was getting to the point it was costing us more to keep it going than it was worth.”

He said all of the post members are “very, very excited about the possibilities we are going to be able to facilitate with the new building.”

In July, the new post home will open its doors for the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, which the legion is hosting in coordination with Zandler.

According to Ward, the new post home is also currently available to be booked for rentals.