Legion dining hall named in honor of past commander


ELKINS — American Legion Post 29 renamed its dining hall after Past Commander Dennis Calain Sr. June 16 in a private ceremony with members of Calain’s family, officers of American Legion Post 29 and officers of the Ladies Auxiliary.

Dennis Calain had served 40 years between the United States Navy and Army National Guard. After retiring from the military, Calain became involved in veteran’s organizations such as the American Legion. It was his love and dedication to the American Legion and to his fellow veterans that he began renovating the Dining Hall located on the second floor of the Post Home. It was his dream to have it used for community events, which after its completion will continue to be held for weddings, parties, dinners, and other events.

Before Calain could see the completion of the dining hall and its use by members of the community, he passed away from a massive stroke in November 2017, while preparing to attend his granddaughter’s graduation from U.S. Navy basic training. However, from his loss came to others another chance. While believing in his country and fellow veterans, Calain was also a believer in being an organ donor, and multiple organs were donated to those in need.

His wife of 46 years, Pat Calain, unveiled the sign dedicating the hall in memory of her husband.