BARSTOW — Thanks to volunteers from Home Depot, the American Legion Post will have more activities to offer members.

Home Depot targeted the American Legion in Barstow for its yearly project. About 50 volunteers from six regional stores showed up Nov. 10 to make nearly $14,000 worth of improvements inside and outside the building.

"We want all veterans to have place to come down to and give them something to do," said Post Commander Bill Burns, who added that he was grateful for the time and effort Home Depot put into the project.

A veterans garden was one of the main additions. The fenced-in area consists of a number of containers to be used as individual gardens. Burns said the post is hoping residents from the Barstow Veterans Home will get involved with the garden.

"The whole idea is to get them out of the home and give them something to do," Burns said.

The volunteers also built a fire pit area to be used for flag burnings and barbecues. The gazebo was painted and siding replaced. Horseshoe pits were built along side the gazebo.

"This will create an area for members to do more," Burns said. "A lot of members don't want to sit at a bar. But now we have other stuff going on. We can utilize the back now. We can have barbecues outside. The reaction has been good so far."

A barbecue dedication will be held in January as the first event.

Other landscaping work included a drip system and the planting of drought-tolerant plants in the front of the building. New LED lighting was installed around the outside of the building.

The installation of base molding inside the post was also completed.

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