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May 23, 2013

Armed Forces Day celebrated in Cherry Valley


Cherry Valley Artworks typically hosts concerts and theatrical events at the Star Theater. This is their first time hosting a dance, according to Sapinsky.

Larry Thompson, a member of the American Legion and a veteran of the Navy recalled the former uses for the Star Theater. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Emblem Finishing Company owned the building and manufactured patches for each division of the U.S. Armed Forces, Thompson said.

The Thompson family currently has five American Legion members in Post 1360 and they “served proudly,” he said.

Thompson said his brother, Gary Thompson enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Vietnam and was injured.

“He was awarded the Purple Heart,” Thompson said. “He’s the real hero of the family.”

“Artworks and the Legion doing this together, I think it’s great,” Thompson said. “We share the same building and here we are doing a dance together.”

More than 30 community members came to the event, and those who attended showed great enthusiasm.

“I have received so many phone calls from people saying it was the best time they’ve had in a long time,” Sapinksy said in a phone interview on Monday.

For information about future events at the Star Theater at 44 Main St. in Cherry Valley or the mission and goals of Cherry Valley Artworks, visit

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