BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Just two weeks before the scheduled grand opening of the Veterans Center, Honor Sentinels President Dan West found the center in flames on Labor Day.
Dan West said, "This building was truly a labor of love and to see what happened, it was gone so quickly and to basically be knocked back down to the ground and have to get back up and start over again, it was very hard."
The Honor Sentinels is an organization that wants to give Veterans a place to relax and enjoy themselves. The Decatur County Board of Education donated the building and the organization worked on remodeling the place for months. But all of their hard work and money went up in flames.
West added, "What in their mind would bring them to a point that would make them want to burn down a building that is there to thank the veterans and the people who sacrificed their lives and put their lives on the line to make it to where we have all the freedoms we have?"
Now the organization is starting from scratch to build a new place. They hope to raise money by putting on a show with live bands starting this weekend and hopes to raise 30 thousand dollars.
West said, "We're partnering with a local Howard Johnson's here in Bainbridge at the Landing every Friday night in November. We are providing bands and the cover charge is $5 to get in, all that (money) will come back to the Veterans Center."