Veterans Memorial Building
In 1945, members of the Gilroy community service clubs met and decided that something should be done for local veterans and a 12-member committee was formed to develop a plan. It was decided a building should be dedicated to veterans and they set out to secure property.
Once the property at 74 W. Sixth Street was secured, the South Santa Clara Valley Memorial District was formed. The board spent the next several years raising money through a local tax assessment and the 6,350-square-foot Veterans Memorial Hall opened on May 25, 1951. The building, which includes a bar, full kitchen, auditorium, meeting room, and garden patio, cost $90,000 including furnishings.
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Mayor George C. Milias presided over the opening ceremonies. Lieutenant Governor Goodwin C. Knight dedicated the building with state heads of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War in attendance.
Today four veterans groups use the Memorial Hall for meetings. These groups include the American Legion Post 217, the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 217, the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6309 and the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign War Post 6309.
However, the Hall is available to all residents of the District service area, including all members of the armed services, non-profit organizations and the general public.
The District’s board of directors is determined to provide a quality, first-class facility to make the community proud.
3,465 total square feet in Main and Dining Halls combined
Main Hall – 125 dining; 267 assembly
Dining Hall – 54 dining; 116 assembly
Wedding Receptions, Dinners, Adult Birthday Parties, etc.
$1,750, which includes a $500 non-returnable deposit and one-day rental insurance. (The Hall is not available for Quinceañeras, Sweet 16 parties, high school graduations or other events for minors.)
Business Meetings, baby showers, and other short events
$875, which includes a $250 non-returnable deposit and one-day rental insurance
For more information about renting our facilities and to receive a rental agreement, please call 408.842-3838 to schedule an appointment or complete the form below.
*Prices as of January 1, 2020
Alcohol – NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL. Event guests may purchase drinks from the bar. The Bar takes cash only. There is an ATM on site.
Set Up – Renter is responsible for setting up tables and chairs the way they want them.
Cleaning Up – Put all trash in barrels provided. Clean kitchen if used. Hall staff put tables and chairs away and mop.
Children – PLEASE SUPERVISE CHILDREN.
Coffee Pot - We can provide a coffee pot, but we don’t provide coffee.
Dishes/Utensils/Linens - Renter must provide all the items needed.
Decorations – Nothing may be affixed to the walls, windows, lights, ceilings, furniture, fixtures or any other property. Helium balloons MUST be tied to a weight . No CONFETTI or GLITTER of any type..
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