Officials are set to christen American Legion Orange Baker Post 187 following an extensive renovation of the historic building.
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American Legion Orange Baker Post ribbon cutting set for October 20
(DeLand, FL) – Officials are set to christen American Legion Orange Baker Post 187 following an extensive renovation of the historic building.
City officials will join Orange Baker Post Commander Charles Williams and others for a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m.Saturday, October 20.
“This has been a long journey to get where we are,” said Commander Williams. “This is not the end of our story, but rather the beginning of what I hope will be a long presence in our community.”
The ceremony, which will be at 415 West Voorhis Avenue, will celebrate a process that began in 2004 to repair the building that was severely damaged during a hurricane.
Several organizations worked with the city as well as area legislators, most notably the late State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, to fund the project. In 2016, the state budgeted roughly $100,000 for repairs to the 1954 building, which received a new roof, plumbing,electrical, heating, air-conditioning and insulation, among other improvements.
Hukill will receive special recognition during the ceremony. State Rep. Patrick Henry, D-Daytona Beach, is also scheduled to be in attendance.
“This is a perfect example of what we can do working together to make an impact in our community,” said Mayor Robert F. Apgar. “I’d like to thank everyone who made this project possible.”
American Legion Orange Baker Post 187 was formed in 1948 following World War II when an African-American was turned away from an existing American Legion Post. The building will also house memorabilia from World War II and previous conflicts.
For those seeking additional information or those who would like to donate memorabilia, please contact 386-734-9536 or 386-747-8405.