SHERMAN, Tex. -- Officials at the American Legion in Sherman announced earlier this year they would be moving out of their current building, a place they've called home for over 50 years. Now in the midst of cleaning up and finding a new place to call their own, members remember the good times they've had in an organization, which has helped them and others, get through life after military service.
"Its very special, I love the American Legion and the programs that we do," said Vice-Commander Jack Vandagriff.
Jack Vandagriff is one of many at American Legion post 29 that has called the building at 230 east sycamore street in Sherman a second home for the last half century, but during that time, the structure has taken a beating...and officials say the time has come to move out.
"Our revenue decided for us to sell the property and possibly relocate to another place," said Vandagriff.
The cracked floors and the unstable roof have made the building dangerous and officials say they don’t have the money to keep repairing it. Now, for the first time since 1956, legion members are left to look for a new place to meet and continue the long tradition of serving the community.
"In my endeavors and in our members endeavors it cares a lot about our families and existing service men overseas and we have a lot of programs that help these veterans get through life when they get back especially because they have no other resources," said Post 29 Commander Larry Martin.
Martin says the legion currently has around 250 members, most of which were there when they hosted parties and charity events.
"We have big lavish balls with the music of the 40's Jimmy Dorsey and such and the place was packed," said Vandagriff.
So far, most of the posts belongings have been taken out, but yet to get moved is the F86 Saberjet that sits outside the legion. Officials say in the next couple of weeks...the plane will be taken to the North Texas Regional Airport...and put on display by the Perrin Field historical society.
"We have had this in mind since we started our historical society and museum out there and to have an exhibit of aircraft that historically part of Perrin," said Perrin Air Force Base president James Farris.
For now, the group is meeting at the VFW in Sherman...and is looking for a new place to call their own. Until then, Vandagriff will remember how much it means to be a part of the legion.
"Its very important to me and after spending 20 years in the military you develop a camaraderie everywhere you go