Dennis Merkle continues his service to his neighbors and those around him through involvement in his local Veterans Council, American Legion post and a beloved local restaurant. Now retired from the US Navy, he continues to embody the military’s dedication and commitment to serving the greater good.
In his local community, Dennis serves as Commander for the Farmville VA American Legion Post 32. The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization and promotes patriotism, honor and continuous commitment to fellow veterans. Not only does the American Legion aid its service members, it also helps the community as a whole by mentoring youth and sponsoring developmental programs. The Farmville VA American Legion Post 32 honors fallen soldiers with wreath and flag laying, participates in a local Toys for Tots program, hosts luncheons, and regularly recognizes those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
In addition to American Legion Post, Dennis is also a part of the Piedmont Area Veterans Council. He served as President from 2016 to 2017, and currently holds the title of President Emeritus within the Organization. The Veterans Council offers many different services and resources to veterans and their families including educational and legal services, financial and benefits counseling, employment assistance, and much more.
Additionally, Dennis is involved with the family style restaurant, Merk’s Place. The restaurant is a Farmville favorite, not only for their food and service, but also the restaurants’ philanthropy. In 2020, Merk’s Place raised funds for the Southside SPCA and for the American Legion Post 32.
Branch Partner Tony Markland from our ALCOVA branch in Powhatan, VA was honored to present Dennis with his Hometown Hero award.
*Pictured left to right: Tony Markland and Dennis Merkle
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