At about 8 a.m. at the American Legion Post 227 in Brandywine, Md., members of the women's auxiliary were preparing for Veterans Day activities when they were robbed by a masked gunman.
"I came out to put the wreath against the flagpole and I was accosted by a gentleman with a gun," Allison Bennett said. "He had it to my face, knocked the wreath out of my hand and beat me to the ground."
She and another woman struggled with the man but were overpowered, forced inside and handcuffed. A third woman arrived and also was restrained.
"He kept us laying there and just kept running around -- 'Where's the money, where's this?'" Bennett said. "I said, 'Nobody's here. We don't have any cash on hand.'"
The victims said the robber became apologetic as he robbed them.
"The police shut [the post] down for a few hours," Bennett said. "Ruined our little coffee-Danish thing. They understood what we do here so they went ahead and opened it back up for us so we could serve our vets and let 'em know how much we appreciate them."