American Legion Post 77 Rebuilding In Waveland

WAVELAND (WLOX) -- A new 12,000 square foot American Legion Post is going up just north of the railroad tracks on Waveland Avenue. Post leaders say new flood regulations made it next to impossible to rebuild at the old site.

"We were going to have to build in a velocity zone and we would have had to build up off of the ground. In so doing, we wouldn't be able to move the number of people that we anticipate coming in for meetings, etc... in small elevators. So it was necessary to find a new place," Post 77 Commander Russell Voorhies said.

The building is about 85-percent complete. It features two meeting rooms, offices, a kitchen area and a large legion hall.

"Just furnishing that hall is going to be a great expense for us. And our ladies auxiliary is just about ready to kick off a campaign to ask for donations for eight feet fiber glass tables, which will have donation plaques on them. It will take some where around 84 tables to fill that hall," Voorhies said.

The return of Post 77 will also mean the return of bingo to the community.

"The bingo operation that we have here is our main source of revenue."

The hope is to have the building ready to open in September, by Labor Day Weekend.

"I'm excited about it for a number of reasons. Number one, it gives us a new post. It allows us to now begin re-servicing our veterans in the local area. It gives us an opportunity to offer the city of Waveland a place to come and gather for their important and social gatherings. The public is going to love it. And were going to be back to the good old post 77 - the hospitality post of the South," Voorhies said proudly.

The Legion's plan was to sell its Coleman Avenue property to help rebuild the new facility. So far that hasn't happened, therefore Voorhies says they have been forced to build at a slower pace as they raise the money.