Alton VFW Post 1308’s Ritual Team takes part in hundreds of ceremonies each year throughout the Riverbend. They lead ceremonies to honor fallen comrades, visit veterans in nursing homes and also participate in numerous public events during the calendar year and now they are asking for your help. The squad is in need of new uniforms and is seeking donations from the public to help cover the cost of outfitting all twenty two members of the Ritual Team according to team member Dave Stout.
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Stout says the organization has received several donations already and that they hope an upcoming benefit dinner will bring in the rest of the money needed.
The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 12th at Alton VFW Post 1308 located at 4445 N. Alby St. The event will include dinner and speeches from several guest speakers including State Senator Bill Haine and a representative from the Illinois VFW Headquarters. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for $15.