Foxboro American Legion, VFW buildings up for sale
By: Melissa Randall
The American legion in Foxboro is officially on the market. A for sale sign is posted at the property located at 8 Mechanic Street.
Paul Dumas, Legion Commander, says the mortgage is paid off, but the organization is having issues with membership. Post 93 currently has about 120 members. That's down about 60 in just the last 10 years. In turn finances have taken a hit.
The Foxboro Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2626 is facing similar problems. Their building is up for sale, too. A merger between the two local veterans’ organizations could be in the future.
“It's more than rumors,” said Dumas. “There's actually been significant talk between the groups.”
Any consolidation would be for the building only. Each organization would still maintain its own charter.
Michael Johns, Director of Veteran Services in Foxboro, says the idea of pooling resourses is not unprecedented. In fact it's a national trend.
“I see an opportunity where organizations need to get efficient. They need to catch up with the times,” he said.
The passing of millions of world war two vets has played a significant role in the declining membership. The American Legion and VFW are also having trouble attracting a new generation. Still Dumas isn't ready to raise the white flag.
“We're all committed to having a physical–symbolic presence in town,” he said.
Both Dumas and the commander of the VFW back the proposal to merge.
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