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Brewer VFW Closing Ceremony 

The VFW Post in Brewer officially closed Thursday.The veterans organization has been around for decades, but they just don’t have the members or the money to continue operations.”It’s a very sad day for us, but we’ve got to face reality.” says Post Commander, Don Mattson.The Isaac Clewely VFW Post in Brewer started out in the 1940’s with 600 members.Now they’re down to just a couple hundred, with only 5 active members.Mattson says that’s not enough to plan activities or generate revenue.They’re out of money too.”There are a lot of good memories in this building, we’ve had some great times here and great functions and it’s just too bad that we’ve fallen by the wayside.”But Mattson says that’s been a problem facing other VFW’s across the state. Membership is down.So this group will merge with the VFW in Bangor.”We’re gonna strike our flag for the last time out here on our post so it will be brought down and then we’ll go from there.”Their flag was burned according to military regulations during a ceremony outside their building.The property is now up for sale. A difficult end for an organization that has served our country at war, and within the Brewer community.”We’re gonna continue on doing everything that we’ve done but we’ll be under a new name.”The VFW will now be called the Norman Dow, Isaac Clewely Post to honor both the Bangor and Brewer organizations.