Lewis A. Young Post, No. 3152, of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was formed in 1934 and named in honor of a 22-year-old sailor, one of 319 sons of Provincetown to enlist in World War I, who died in France 27 days before the armistice. For two decades, the post was conducted in the former Conant Street School. Under Commander Richard Medeiros, this headquarters opened in 1959. It was a center of fraternal and social life, especially for the Portuguese-American community. Bingo games were held each Monday night. In the bar, patrons could count on seeing old friends without having to navigate a room full of tourists. As ranks thinned, however, and money grew tight, the post concluded it could no longer afford the real estate. The site was sold to the town in 2013, the stars and stripes were lowered one last time and the V.F.W. moved to the Veterans Memorial Community Center.
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