By: Jillian Wilson
Fundraiser breakfasts are a tradition for Post 1303. Today, members from all over the QCA came out to say goodbye and eat for the last time.
"It's really, really great to have them show their support for us here. I know a lot of them say well, when am I going to eat next time, I say I can't help ya," says P.J. Hymes, Post Commander, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Last month, the VFW was bought out by a local real estate company to make room for new business.
"For the city and the community, it's a blessing. For us, it's not so much a blessing," says Hymes.
Many of the veterans have years worth of memories at this post.
On December 30th, it will be closing for good.
Folks in the QC say they're sad to see it go.
"I hate to see them leave. I hope they locate some place else. I feel sad about it, I really do," says Marilyn Blair, a QC resident.
But some members say the move could be a good thing... a turning point.
"This is an opportunity for the post to kind of renew itself, find a new location, and perhaps adjust to some of the things that haven't worked," says Dennis English, Member and Veteran.
Regardless of location, members say they'll make it through.
"We will survive as a Post membership, We are here to serve our community, the veterans and their families," says Hymes.
The commander says they are looking into a few places in Rock Island but nothing is set in stone. Their goal is to have a new home by February.