Oberlin veterans host garage sale to restore post - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oberlin veterans host garage sale to restore post

Posted: Updated:
(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Palermo in court fighting criminal charges & seizures

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:17:11 GMT
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
    There's a hotly contested court battle underway between Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo and the state. And it now, partly deals with an investigation that has yet to result in criminal charges.Palermo was due on court motions fighting pending criminal charges against him, including forgery and possession of stolen things. But first off the defense filed a motion asking to secure and examine items seized yesterday, including Palermo's computer. Palermo attorney Karl says the seizure of compute...More >>
  • Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Flushable wipes causing havoc for sewer systems in Lake Charles

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:49:13 GMT
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.More >>
    What we flush matters. The infrastructure in Lake Charles goes back 50 years in many places. Wastewater administrators said an old system was not built for many items we flush today, like flushable wipes.
    More >>
  • Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Allen Parish 911 system operating following lightning strike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:13 GMT
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>
    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office communication system took a lightning strike on Thursday afternoon leading to a loss of phone communications, according to Chief Deputy Ricky Johnson.More >>
OBERLIN, LA (KPLC) -

A big task is in store for John Reed.

"We'll have to put a whole new door, this door is shot," said Reed.

He's talking about the Oberlin American Legion Post 144.

"There was stuff that had been left in here debris and stuff," said Reed.

The building has been closed since 2003 until Reed came along.

"I was guilty just like some of the younger Veterans of not participating," said Reed.

Last November, Reed noticed the colors missing in front of the building. After making some calls, he learned the post's near future.

"The post was almost closed, the membership was down, and we were going to lose the canon outside," said Reed.

With word of the iconic World War II canon leaving its longtime home in front of the post, membership quickly grew to record numbers.

"You cannot pass through Oberlin without seeing this cannon right here," said Reed.

With Reed and other soldiers growing membership and making sure the canon stays put, the next step is to save the building.

"All money that we raise will go strictly to this building," said Reed.

Thanks to donations from the community, people came out to the garage sale that's the first fundraiser for the legion in over ten years.

"This place needs a lot of work," said volunteer Wilma Scallon.

But more than just a garage sale, came unexpected cash donations from the community.

"We got some money now," said Scallon.

And across the train tracks at Oberlin Building Supplies, is where owner Wayne Smith gave another unexpected gift.

"The door was in pretty bad shape," said Smith. "I visited the facility so I decided to donate it to them."

Now more than just Reed, but it's an Oberlin community coming together to restore the landmark.

"Old soldiers are trying to come together and fix it and I appreciate what they're trying to do and what they've done for our country," said Smith.

Reed said the community has made this big task ahead, a lot easier for the Veteran trying to restore an Oberlin legacy.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow