BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- A VFW Post gives our veterans a chance to share their stories, watch out for one another through their common connection, and partake in community service. In our area, VFW Post 478 has had a presence in Broome County since 1920, so now they're taking time to celebrate its centennial anniversary.
Post Commander Michael Malinovsky said not many VFW Posts make it this many years. When 12 News asked about the reason behind the success of the Binghamton location, he said it comes down to the people.
"The people here and over the years have put in the time and the effort and the energy in the community and at the post and that has kept us around, kept us afloat," said Malinovsky.
As eyes are on the next milestone celebration, come June the responsibility will be in the hands of a new face, which is the current senior vice commander. His name is Anthony Gower.
"I just want to continue the legacy and help it grow, make it stronger," said Gower.
"He'll take the advice of his officers, the wisdom they give him in the meetings, and his quartermaster and the other veterans who are senior...," said Malinovsky. "Hopefully he'll follow in those footsteps and he will take that advice and carry the post forward. I'm sure he will."