The Parker Town Council has approved waiving the fees for the demolition and rebuilding of Veterans of Foreign Wars Eddie May Post 7061. This came after the Post’s building was destroyed in a fire May 26.
The item was on the Consent Agenda for the July 2 council meeting, so there was no discussion among council members.
The building was located as 516 Hopi Avenue. The fire broke out in the early morning hours of May 26. It’s believed to have started in the kitchen area. By late morning, it was still burning. The Parker, Colorado River Indian Tribes, and Buckskin Fire Departments responded.
The building was a total loss.
VFW Post 7061 has been in Parker since 1945. In a letter to the council requesting the fees be waived, Former Post Commander John Maye said the Post had been an asset to the community, and that they have hosted many events to benefit the community and area military veterans.
“This is not easy for us to ask for your assistance,” Maye wrote. “We are proud, but we do need your help.”
The post was named the Eddie May Post after Eddie May, a 1937 Parker High School graduate who was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the early part of World War II. He was shot down and killed on Feb. 9, 1942 in the Philippines, becoming the first person from the Parker area to be killed in the war. His family purchased the property on which the post sits.
Since the fire, the VFW Post has been meeting at the Parker Elks’ Lodge and the Parker Eagles’ Aerie. Many organizations and clubs, including veterans’ organizations from outside the area, have offered donations to help the Post rebuild.