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Rochester VFW Closes Its Doors As It Prepares To Move

May 13, 2018 11:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- After decades at the intersection of 6th Street SW and Broadway, Rochester's VFW Post 1215 lowered its flag and closed its doors for the final time as the post begins its move across town.

Dozens attended a ceremony to bid farewell to the building, which was sold to the University of Minnesota Rochester for $2.665 million.

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"This is the end of a long chapter in the history of the VFW here in Rochester," post commander Gary Pike said.

The former commander and nearly 60-year member Thomas Brogan helped lower the flag for the final time and recalled the decades of memories he's made at the old building.

"We had that big flood here in 1978; the building was pretty well messed up and a bunch of us fellas that belonged to the color guard went down and went to work," he said.

As they start moving boxes, both are optimistic about the post's future.

"We hope that people will follow us over there, all of our customers here and we get new customers," Pike said.

"Kind of hate to see this place go but I hope the new place does a good job and everybody follows it out there," Brogan added.

The new building, at the site of a former Golden Corral on 43rd Street NW, will open Friday with a grand opening set for June 14.

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Logan Reigstad

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