AMVETS Celebrate 25 Years

AMVETS Post 140, a local veteran’s organization, will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year.

The local AMVETS Post chartered back in April of 1991. The post’s first and current Commander, Tony Koonce, said they had to have 10 members to charter a new post and that was the exact number the group had. There were 10 officers’ positions that had to be filled so each member had to take some responsibility. Koonce stated some of the chartered 10 members have passed away or are no longer members. There are only three of the chartered members still on the post roster.

Over the years the post has had three commanders other than Koonce. They were Brad Huffman, Colonel Lou Cotton, and Jerry Hohlt.

The local AMVETS Post has been involved in many projects and community activities over the years. The most notable is the Avenue of Flags, in memory of deceased veterans in the county and the Bond County Veterans Memorial in honor of all those who served from Bond County.

The Avenue of Flags was initiated in 1992 and was first displayed on Memorial Day weekend in 1993. The process to build the Veterans Memorial began in 1995 and the opening ceremony at the Memorial was on Veterans Day 1997. AMVETS Post 140 started fundraising by conducting cookouts in conjunction with activities sponsored by the Greenville Business and Professional Association. The cookouts remain the post’s major fundraising events they share with other community organizations.

AMVETS Post 140 was a major contributor for the bell on top of the court house, a project initiated by The Greenville Women’s Club.

A special meeting is in the planning where members will be recognized for stepping up in the past. The group hopes the new State Commander will be present to participate in the festivities.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary, AMVETS Post 140 will offer first year dues free to new members through the end of 2016.