Saluting Retirees at the Bennett Wells VFW Post

 By Renata Toney

Pictured (l to r) Charles Grant, Don Josey (seated), Charles Croom, Henry Jernigan, Helen Smith-Porter, Wilbert Lowe and Robert Stanton. The next luncheon listed in the article is Thursday, September 16.

Longstanding members of the Bennett Wells American Legion VFW Post 1780 are all smiles hosting a Retirees Luncheon. Coordinated by Don Josey, the monthly luncheon takes place every third rotating between the Post, 416 Williams Street and the Kerns Avenue Bowling Alley. Cost is $11 with a cash bar for good food and kind people with excellent stories.

The next Retirees Luncheon takes place Thursday, September 16 at Bennett Wells, 1 p.m. For more information, call Don at (716) 432-7426.

After World War II, over 100 African Americans retuning to Buffalo were not welcome to join existing American Legion posts. Those veterans worked together to form the Bennett- Wells American Legion Post, established in 1946 and chartered in 1954.

The Post is named in honor of the first two African American soldiers killed in WWII, Private James Bennett and Lieutenant Johnson Wells. Located at 1356 E Delavan Avenue, the Bennett Wells VFW post offers information, education, and support for the community.

The member-based organization also presents community service grants and activities that benefit veterans, active-duty service members, and their families.

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