American Legion Post 210 closes

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Darts, pool, comradery and patriotism; just a few of the things offered at the American Legion Post 210.

The post, named after the day it was chartered; February 10, 1988.  Almost 23 years to the date, the moving boxes are back.

Commander Tim Smith says, "It's been difficult for all of us. A lot of us are upset, and rightfully so, some even angry."

Smith says closing Post 210 was one of the most difficult decisions he's ever made.  One of the first signs, empty chairs.  In a matter of months the American Legion went from 200 plus patrons on a good night, to five.  Add that to an aging roster and fewer donations, and it was only a matter of time before Smith had to break the bad news.

"Its a second home to me, its like losing a part of my family."

Smith says the only comfort in closing the post is knowing there was nothing he could have done to change the outcome.

While they've fought wars, this is one fight members couldn't win.

"Its a big part of their life.  This is where they came to share stories, and help those in the community who are in need."

Now the veterans are packing up their belongings, closing down the register and giving their post a final salute.  Folding up a fading segment of our society.

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