BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's a new year and a fresh start for Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2434 in Biloxi. The VFW planned to hold a big New Years Eve bash inside its brand new building. Members said the new building allows them to finally move forward after losing their previous site to Hurricane Katrina.
There's reason to party at VFW post 2434 and the start of 2014 isn't all they have to celebrate.
"It's a brand new building for us," said John M. Anderson, member. "It's a brand new beginning. You keep hearing that over and over I know but that's what it means to us."
This celebration is eight years in the making. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Biloxi VFW's building on Howard Avenue so members were forced to moved to a temporary location. Officials said that location was much too small for the 430 members. Two weeks ago, VFW Post 2434 got its certificate of occupancy from the city of Biloxi and was able to move into its new 10,000 square foot home on Veterans Avenue. Officials said it will allow them to do more for those they serve.
Quarter Master James Corley said, "We feel that our location right outside the Veterans Administration will help our veterans more. We're right across the street from the Vets Center so we anticipate helping our veterans a lot more this year."
"We're looking forward. We're implementing new programs for our outreach. We have a service officer that is going to be coming in and helping to fill out paperwork," Corley said. "Some of our veterans are in need and that's what we're all about. Helping our veterans."
VFW members said helping veterans means honoring those who allow us to enjoy our freedoms.
" It's not only celebration for our new building but it's remembering our veterans who have sacrificed for us to be here to have this opportunity to celebrate and to remember them also," said Corley. "We're looking forward to a great year. We've got a great start and we're going to have a lot of fun this year."
Volunteers from Keesler Air Force Base and the Gulfport Seabee base helped with the construction of the new VFW. @