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Top officers of Vale Legion post stay focused on helping vets even as membership shrinks

Vale American Legion Post 96 commander Gino Silva (front) along with post adjutant John Recla stand in the basement of the legion hall in Vale last week. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – On Monday, John Recla and Gino Silva will stand at Pioneer Cemetery and honor the nation’s veterans as part of the Vale American Legion Post 96 honor guard.

The ceremony will be familiar to both men. They’ve spent a combined 80 years helping vets and performing the honor guard ceremonies at the cemetery.

They remain as determined as ever to do “their part” but age – and the vestiges of war – are creeping up on them.

The local legion hall isn’t what it once was in terms of membership, either. The American Legions boasts it carries two million members on its . . .