Lt. John C. Roche VFW Post 212 celebrates centennial birthday

From left are Lt. John C. Roche VFW Post 212 Senior Vice Commander Steve Belleville, Auxiliary President Amy Peterson, Post 212 Commander Steven Kloss and former State Commander Thomas “Ace” Hanzes. The group was gathered for the centennial birthday celebration of the Post 212.

Lt. John C. Roche VFW Post 212 celebrated its centennial birthday Saturday night at the Event Center on Barbour Street.

In attendance was guest of honor Ann Chicketti, 96, daughter of Nick Costello, who was one of the 1919 charter members of the Post. Scout Troop 412 served dinner and dessert prepared by the Frances Sherman Auxiliary.

Thomas “Ace” Hanzes, Pennsylvania state commander 2018-19, presented Post 212 Commander Steven Kloss with congratulatory certificates from the City of Bradford, the McKean County commissioners, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Senate, and the VFW National Commander-in-Chief. Hanzes remarked that very few Posts have the rare privilege of celebrating 100 years.

Senior Vice Commander and Historian Steven Belleville gave a narrative of the military life of John C. Roche, and also detailed the recent restoration of Roche’s grave at St. Bernard cemetery.

Auxiliary President Amy Peterson created a nostalgic photo slideshow of “Post 212 Through The Years” and gave heartfelt praise to the organization for all the good that has been poured into the community and beyond over the years.

Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars donates $7 million and 400,000 service hours per year to veterans and their families. VFW Post 212 is proud to contribute to that legacy and looks forward to another 100 years of success.