Veterans from Belfast VFW and American Legion posts — age-old rivals — got together at All Play Lanes Dec. 6 to raise money for the Belfast Soup Kitchen.

"We've been rivals for decades," said Jim Roberts, VFW operations manager, "probably going all the way back to World War II. But now we're trying to pool our resources and work as a team for all veterans and our community."

"All Play Lanes in Belfast were very generous and gracious in letting us hold the event in their business," the VFW posted on its Facebook page. "It was apparent the VFW bowlers had a little more experience, but we all had fun and look forward to working together on more projects in the future."

"We'll be doing more of these events," Roberts said, the next of which will be local wreath-laying ceremonies in conjunction with Wreath Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

The clubs plan to lay wreaths this year at 11 a.m. in Village Cemetery in Unity, and later at the graves of their post namesakes in Grove Cemetery, Belfast, at the graves of Frank Hazeltine (American Legion), Martin Randall and Herbert Collins (Veterans of Foreign Wars).