LEXINGTON, N.C. -- The place where Lexington veterans have met for more than 7 decades will soon close its doors.
"Common sense says it's not worth it," said Commander Buddy Byrd, VFW Post 3074.
Commander Byrd says the membership in VFW Post 3074 is low and costs are high.
"It was costing us $1,000 a month. And we were only having about 20 to 25 men attend the meeting," said Byrd. "You can't have a building that size and pay out the amount of money that you're paying out, but not more men than that."
At their peak, 1,500 veterans called VFW Post 3074 home. Now, there are a little over 300 members - and only about 25 of those show up to the meetings.
"We are still going to have meetings - the only thing is that we won't have a meeting in this post," explained Byrd.
Byrd and the other members put their building on South Main Street up for sale in November.
"I'm going to see if I can call all the members in and we'll have a small ceremony out here in the front of the building and retire everything," said Byrd.
"It won't go easy."
Commander Byrd says the post is not giving up the charter it's held since 1941.
He says the veterans will probably hold their meetings at a restaurant, once their post has sold.
"The way I look at it is we did our part, we are still trying to do our part, and I want to hold onto the VFW part of it, to where maybe, maybe these younger men that's coming back from Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, maybe eventually they will get enough of it where they will say, I think I'll go up there and join that thing," said Byrd.
"That is what is going to have [happen] to keep it going."
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