DAV 80th Anniversary

by Audry Kensicki on October 7, 2009 at 6:34 am

After 80 years, one local veterans club is still going strong.

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the Disabled American Veterans group on Moxahala Avenue. The chapter began with only 20 members and has grown over the years to more than 300 members.

"Because the Disabled American Veterans were injured or hurt on active duty, when they served, that makes us special," said event organizer Lester Abele. "We are a band of brothers. To be a part of this 80th anniversary ceremony, it humbles me."

A special feature of Saturday’s celebration will be the dedication of an outdoor patio to john wright, who was a veteran and mentor.

"He sort of depicted what veterans are all about," said Albert Hill. "He was pure Army, he was a good veteran, he was honest. Of all the veterans I’ve known since I started coming here, he’s the one I thought most about when dedicating this."

Festivities start at 10 a.m. at the Disabled American Veterans building at 428 Moxahala Avenue. The dedication ceremony will start promptly at 1 p.m.