VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A nearly 85-year staple in the Valley City community is closing its doors for good this weekend.
The VFW Chapter 2764, known for its burger deals, event space and a good chat off of Main Street is calling it quits.
"(With) a lot of the old veterans you'd listen to their stories ... it's going to be missed by everybody," said Tom Hannig, a Valley City resident.
A few blocks down Main Street, those from another fraternity expressed similar thoughts.
"VFW closing is a tragedy, I think, for the community. Anytime you lose a fraternity that helps a community, it's a tragedy," said Richard Hass, manager of the Valley City Eagles Club.
Hass says this closing leaves his Eagles Club as the only other major spot in town for things like weddings, and get-togethers.
"There are people coming over here and talking about the times that they had there, and there's a lot of events that the VFW did over the years that we will probably get," said Hass, pointing out that losing scholarships for students, sports and other charitable gaming counts as a loss for the community.
"It's very important, very important that the color guard and honor guard stay intact," he said.
Saturday, Sept. 14, will be the last chance to take in a piece of history with an all-you-can-eat dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.