Torn-Down Tuesday: Leonard Post makes way for Walden Galleria in 1988

       By Steve Cichon

The grand opening of the Walden Galleria was 30 years ago this week, May 1, 1989, which means it’s been at least three decades since you had a draft beer or fish fry at the Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post at its longtime home at 2000 Walden Ave.

The Leonard Post VFW Post was on Walden Avenue between the Thruway and the Sheraton Hotel until the Walden Galleria was built in 1988.

The cornerstone was laid for the building in 1960 and it was open for business the following year. For the next 28 years, it was the home of the post named in honor and memory of PFC Leonard Post, a Cheektowaga resident who was killed during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

Soon after this photo was taken, the trees in the background were cleared to make room for the Walden Galleria mall.

As the new mall opened as the new neighbor to the Sheraton Hotel, the new VFW post opened about a mile east on Walden Avenue, where it’s been ever since.