Millennial veterans the focus of new MontCo project and Memorial Day event (photos)

A new project in Fort Washington will house millennial vets and train them to re-enter the workforce.

Guest volunteers and veterans helped fold the flag after the ceremony ended.

Guest volunteers and veterans helped fold the flag after the ceremony ended.

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Transitioning millennial veterans will soon have a place to live, work out and learn in Fort Washington. The American Legion Post #10 in Montgomery County has partnered with Chester-based Power Home Remodeling to build a fitness center, computer lab and homes for millennial vets to use— up to 12 at a time — as they transition back home. The company will also provide an optional 18-month workforce training program for the vets.

The project is scheduled for completion on Memorial Day 2017, but the fitness facility is set to open this fall — on Veterans Day.

Plans for the development were announced at a Memorial Day event at the Post, and the organizers let us tag along:

Post #10 Commander Harry J. Gobora gave welcoming remarks.

American Legion Post #10 Commander Harry J. Gobora gives welcoming remarks.

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There was a full crowd at the 2016 Memorial Day Event in Fort Washington that was hosted by the American Legion Post #10 and Power Home Remodeling.

There is a full crowd at the 2016 Memorial Day Event in Fort Washington that was hosted by the American Legion Post #10 and Power Home Remodeling.

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U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) on Memorial Day 2016.

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) gives brief remarks thanking the families who have lost loved ones in war and those who have served.

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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Michael J. Stack addresses the crowd at the 2016 Memorial Day Event in Fort Washington.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Michael J. Stack addresses the crowd at the 2016 Memorial Day Event in Fort Washington.

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Guests sit under tents while they eat watermelon after the ceremony at the 2016 Memorial Day Event.

Guests sit under tents while they eat watermelon after the ceremony at the 2016 Memorial Day Event.

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After the official ceremony, guests enjoyed food and drinks.

After the official ceremony, guests enjoyed food and drinks.

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Miles Table Catering cooked the food for the 2016 Memorial Day Event

Miles Table Catering cooked the food for the 2016 Memorial Day Event

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A local boycott group places flags in front of the crosses representing the different wars in United States history.

A local boycott group places flags in front of the crosses representing the different wars in United States history.

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People applaud at the announcement by Asher Raphael, Co-CEO of Power Home Remodeling, that Power Home Remodeling will be building a fitness center, computer lab and homes for transitioning Millennial veterans.

People applaud at the announcement by Asher Raphael, Co-CEO of Power Home Remodeling, that Power Home Remodeling will be building a fitness center, computer lab and homes for transitioning Millennial veterans.

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