VFW Post 1974

Lake Erie Post

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      The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization composed of eligible veterans and military service members from the Active, Guard and Reserve forces. The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.  

                                             LAKE ERIE POST 1974 - -  BRIEF HISTORY

     Lake Erie Post 1974, Veteran of Foreign Wars was formed when 21 World War I Veterans banded together and requested that a Chapter be issued to them. National Headquarters issued the Chapter on February 20, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio with the new Post being named after one of the five Great Lakes.

    

      The newly formed organization first met at Parma Town Hall. After several meetings, they moved to a building at Brookpark and Pearl Roads. When the city of Parma razed the building in 1940, the Post purchased the old Parma Gardens Dance Hall, which has served as the Post home ever since. By this time, their ranks had grown to 150 strong.

     Shortly after moving into the Parma Gardens, a remodeling program was started, and continues to this day.

    

     As World War II was ending and Veterans were being discharged, they were joining Lake Erie Post 1974 in massive numbers. At one time, membership in the Post reached 1,400.

   

    Today, we have one of the finest VFW homes in the State of Ohio!