OAKVILLE — What should have been a year of celebration for the Oakville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330 in Oakville, has instead turned into a nightmare. What should have been a year of solemn remembrance and reflection of the 75th anniversary of World War II, possibly the last milestone for most of the remaining heroes who are passsing at a rate of thousands per day, has instead turned into a mind-numbing, devastating period of mourning due to the loss of many to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic caused the cancellation of all of the ceremonies, robbing the courageous veterans of an opportunity to accept the warmth of a grateful nation.
Now add to that the indignity three separate incidents in which vandals have struck at the VFW’s red brick building on Davis Street, throwing rocks which have smashed windows.
The most recent vandalization occured this past weekend, leaving a hazardous mess of broken glass inside the building, which has been undergoing renovations.
Quartermaster Rich DiFederico, Jr. angrily said, “I’m just mad at this. As you know, it’s been a tough year for us, we’ve lost over 70 members since July 1, and although we are one of the largest posts in the state, it’s been tough to swallow, because we have a shortfall of $20,000 due to not having fundraisers.
“And now we have to deal with this,” he added, as a workman replaced the second smashed window on September 17.
“Hopefully, the Police Department will apprehend the vandals responsible for this and we can move on and continue to try to do what we can to help serve our veterans and the local community,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Watertown Police Department at 860-945-5200.