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VFW celebrates 70 years

Marion Matthews VFW Post 6542 celebrated its 70th anniversary Friday, March 25 with over 100 people in attendance. Commander Junior Hamrick presided over the ceremony honoring the Post and its veteran members who have dedicated their lives to serving their country, preserving freedom and helping the community. ’A lot of heroes have walked through these buildings. You have to be a combat veteran to be a member. We have very few World War II guys left and the Korean War vets like me are falling fast but there is a lot of history in our Post,’ Hamrick said. The post is named for Marion Matthews. One of the ‘˜Barnesville Blues’, Pvt. Matthews served in the 508th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. He was killed in France on July 4, 1944 at the age of 22. Pvt. Matthews was the first Lamar countian killed in WWII, Hamrick said. At the ceremony, Hamrick led the group in a happy birthday song and then distributed pieces of a threefoot American flag cake. The VFW Auxiliary members served a complimentary full course meal to the members and their families. Two bands and a DJ provided entertainment for the crowd. ’If I’m still around, we will have a big public celebration in five years for our 75th anniversary,’ Hamrick concluded.

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