HENRICO Co., Va. (WRIC) — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6364 — odds are you’ve passed it dozens of times before.
“We are the friendliest group of cranky old people you will ever meet,” said veteran, Mike Dunham.
Dunham served for 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and just finished a term as commander of this VFW Post.
Tucked just behind the Denny’s off of Broad Street in Henrico, nearly 250 local veterans gather at the Post for friendship and food — and on days like the Fourth of July.
New Post Commander Steven Bryan asked in this month’s newsletter for members to think about what freedom means to them.
Bryan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
“We take for granted sometimes the things that veterans have to do,” Bryan said. “The separation from family, the risk to their life and limb, [and] the re-building of their life once they come home from being overseas.”
For some, spending time in a warzone makes celebrating freedom even more personal.
“You just come to appreciate it especially when you’ve been to places that don’t have any freedom,” Dunham said.
For veterans who served in different times throughout history, freedom still means saluting the red, white, and blue.
That includes Korean War veteran, Frank Fritz, who will turn 88 this month.
This U.S. Army veteran considers himself an “old geezer” at the Post.
“Having served my country, I honor the flag whenever I see it and I will always be that way,” Fritz said.