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Lanier-Moore VFW Post 5745 turns 75

The local VFW Post recently held a small ceremony at Emanuel County Veterans Center on Kite Highway to commemorate its 75th anniversary. During that ceremony, Lanier-Moore VFW Post 5745 was issued several mementos celebrating the 75 years of service to veterans and the community.

On February 15, Billy Hickman, Georgia State Senator for District 4, presented State Senate Resolution No. 74, commending the post for its long service to the community.

In addition, Georgia VFW State Jr. Vice Commander Jim Willis presented a 75th Diamond Jubilee Award from Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters. While speaking, Willis mentioned how uncommon it is for a post to have such a long history in a community.

The final event for the evening saw Mayor Charles Schwabe present a new lease for the land where the Emanuel County Veterans Center Building sits to the Emanuel County Veterans Association. This new lease will maintain the property for the veterans for the next 100 years.

The Emanuel County Veterans Association membership includes all veterans, along with their immediate family members, and maintains the building where both the American Legion Swainsboro Post 103 and Lanier-Moore VFW Post 5745 hold their monthly meetings and events for veterans.

This building that was constructed in 1946, for the past seven months, has undergone renovations, to include floor sanding and refinishing (original flooring), painting, and new cabinets in the kitchen. The work is still ongoing.

The local VFW would like to thank those from the community who donated, especially Mill Creek Foundation and Walmart for their grants to make this all possible. The veterans of this great county plan to continue being a supporter of this community for many years to come.

On February 15, 1946, 56 individuals from Emanuel County, who had not many years before, volunteered again to bring a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post to Swainsboro. Named in honor of the first two individuals from Emanuel County killed in World War II, Julian D. Lanier and John J. Moore, the Lanier-Moore VFW Post 5745 has been representing veterans and their families for the last 75 years.

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