Renovated VFW Hall now has military books, display

Wes Peterson of Spring Valley with some of his military items he has purchased on the bookcase-desk he had Terry Meskill build. He donated the items and desk to the VFW to display in the renovated hall. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Spring Valley resident Wes Peterson has donated a collection of military books and artifacts to the Spring Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for readers’ enjoyment and placement in the front windows of the newly renovated VFW Hall in downtown Spring Valley.    

“I have been acquiring military books and other items at auctions for about a year.  The books cover every branch of the service and offer a lot of interesting reads.  There are about two dozen assorted books, so there should be something of interest for everyone,” said Peterson. “There are even two volumes of Purple Heart stories compiled from individual service members.” 

The books are housed inside the VFW Hall in a bookcase-desk that Peterson commissioned from local contractor Terry Meskill, who Peterson said did “a quality job.” 

Peterson also purchased, for the VFW, several other military items to display in the front window of the hall.  The items he purchased include a footlocker, ammunition boxes, field gear and several assorted military gear.

“I hope this all makes a nice addition to the newly-resurrected VFW hall, because after the fire, the VFW Hall renovation was superb,” he said.

The hall was damaged after a fire in October 2017, leveled Johnny Ringo’s, which adjoined the hall and was once owned by the VFW when it operated a bar. The restoration was made possible through donations from the community that VFW Commander Steve O’Connor has said are beyond the what post members’ imaginations can muster. 

O’Connor added that the post’s membership was pleased to mark the completion of the hall just before this past Thanksgiving, renting it out and making it available for community events, funerals and graduations as they had done before, because the VFW has always been in the business of giving — not getting — with few exceptions, such as receiving Peterson’s generous bookcase, book and artifact donations to enhance the hall’s military historical collection.