The building of the Home2 Suites by Hilton was going to cause a big problem for Carmel’s VFW Post 10003.
It meant that the post was no longer visible from the street, but its new neighbor has helped rectify the issue.
VFW Post 10003, 12863 Old Meridian St., held a ceremony Sept. 26 for its three new flagpoles and sign near the street.
“About 12 years ago, the city helped us move out here and build a new building,” said Richard Leirer, past post commander. “For the first 10 years, it had just been a dirt parking lot.”
When plans were announced approximately three years ago for a potential hotel nearby, the VFW began negotiating.
“We asked (the hotel owners) since they were hiding our post, could they build us a nice memorial, so people could see there was a VFW here?” Leirer said.
The hotel paid for the sign and flagpoles.
“This is a great sign. It has all six branches of the service. Most people only have the five, but now that we have the Space Force, we have the six branches on our sign,” Leirer said. “We’re one of the first ones with that on our sign. We’ll do our Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies out here, so this will be a place of honor and remembrance for us as long as the post remains here. We’ve been (in Carmel) 55 years and I believe we’ll be here another 55 years.”
The VFW and Home2 Suites share a parking lot, dumpster and landscaping.
“It’s been a good partnership,” Leirer said.