Decatur VFW thriving in area

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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From World War II veterans to soldiers who are just returning from Afghanistan, the Howard-Parrish Veterans of Foreign Wars is there for them all.

VFW Post 9834 was founded in 1947, according to trustee Jimmy Roberts. It was named after local soldiers Alvin Howard and Joe Parrish who were killed in World War II.

As the years went by and the original members grew older, numbers began to dwindle, but in 1994 a group of younger veterans took a renewed interest and participation began to increase.

Now, the Howard-Parrish VFW is the largest in the area, with about 20 active members, Roberts said.

Many of the members served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, but there are also members who ...

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