Letters To The Editor

Dear Editor,

This past Saturday night, one of our most iconic buildings in McDonough was almost lost to fire. The American Legion (Post 55) Hall on Veteran's Parkway (formerly Spring Street), was saved by a motorist who noticed smoke coming out of the eaves at about 9:00 p.m., and stopped to report it to the McDonough Police. McDonough Fire was there within minutes, just as an electrical ballast in the ceiling caused flames to erupt. They were able to prevent any major fire damage, but as you would expect, smoke and water damage was extensive. The most distressing loss is to the floor, as the original heart pine floor, that so many of us have tread on over the past generations, appears to be a total loss. Many thanks go to the local ServPro office, who were on the scene with forces and equipment by 11:00 p.m.! Their quick response undoubtedly decreased the amount of long term damage.

This old building, built by Veterans for Veterans, has hosted countless birthday parties, wedding parties, baby showers, and High School dances. Today, American Legion Post 55 still functions as a vital link to the many veterans in our community, and they operate on a very limited budget. Insurance will cover the main costs connected with the fire, but there will be precious little available to do anything except maintain the status quo. We can help by donating to a Rebuild & Improve Fund set up to help the Legion Hall. Donations may be sent to the American Legion Post #55, P.O. Box 855, McDonough, GA 30253, or on line via this GoFundMe link: www.gofundme.co/2huctzpw

The Legion has set up a separate account for this project, so none of these funds will be co-mingled with any other project. Additionally, this Post is managed by people we all know. Recent Commanders include Bill Hightower (HCHS Class of 1970), Judge James T. Chafin (HCHS Class of 1970), and Rick Berry, the current Commander, HCHS Class of 1967.

With so many people and organizations constantly clamoring for our resources, sometimes it's hard to know when to contribute, and when to pass. This one deserves our attention.

Mike Elrod
McDonough, GA