The Loudoun VFW Post 1177 in Leesburg will be getting a major facelift this fall, thanks to a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.
The announcement of the $20,000 grant came as the post celebrated its 80th anniversary with a community potluck on Saturday.
The post’s headquarters on Old Waterford Road was built in 1950. Aside from a later addition, the building has changed little over the decades, but its role in the community has transformed significantly. It had a reputation as a raucous party venue in the ’60s and ’70s, but ceased being a “bottle club” in the 1980s.
Today, the building operates more as a community center. It’s not only a place for veterans to gather, but also provides meeting space for scout troops and other civic organizations and is rented out for community activities on many weekends.
The Home Depot Foundation grant will allow the post to spruce up the building with new floor and wall treatments, among other renovations.
The focus of the post’s membership remains on helping veterans. Members work closely with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg and provide direct assistances to veterans in need.
Post Commander Ray Delpesche and his officers also are focused on growing membership. That outreach includes a recently updated website and improved events calendar. The post holds its formal meetings on the first Wednesday of each month.