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Veterans group hopes 'patriotic angel' will save beloved gathering space

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Fleet Reserve Association is a military advocacy group and its building on Nimitz Highway and Valkenburgh has been a gathering place for 25 years.

But now, that building is in danger of being torn down.

The association's branch 46 is set to meet Friday about how to save their space.

The organization is trying to buy the one-acre property since their lease with the Navy is ending in March.

But they just learned their bank loan application was denied.

It'll cost about $650,000 to buy the property and they have secured a grant-in-aid.

Now, they have to raise $225,000 in a couple months to buy the property or tear down their own building when they return the property to the Navy as it was 25 years ago.

Glenn Shaw, president of The Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46, hopes a "patriotic angel" will help out. He says it'll be devastating if they are forced to raze the building and move elsewhere.

"It's just so difficult to even think about the place going away," said Shaw, with a tear in his eye.

The Fleet Reserve Association is looking at other financing options and searching for donors.

If you'd like to help out, call 422-2121. 

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