WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington VFW Post 2573 is a home away from home for many veterans. Wilmingtonians might best know the location because of the airplane sitting in front of the farmhouse on Carolina Beach Road.
The VFW building was opened in the 1940s and VFW member Commander Scott Wallace can’t imagine a life without it.
“The VFW has been here for as long as I can remember (and) I was born here in Wilmington," Wallace said. “There’s a lot of history here and I do not want to see it go away.”
While it may be a place to get away from reality, it’s also a place that needs more than a face-lift.
Hurricane Florence did extensive damage, creating major mold issues. The roof is on the verge of collapsing.
“We’re pretty much just going to have to tear it down and build new and upgrade," said Wallace, who has trouble grasping the idea of the Wilmington establishment being demolished. "It was tear jerking. This is a place that we like to come be ourselves and not have to worry about all other things going on in our lives. You can just come here and be who you are so it was pretty devastating.”
Wallace said there is no timetable for the tearing down and rebuild, but he doesn’t expect the airplane to be affected.
The organization has started a GoFundMe to raise the money to rebuild. Click here to donate.