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  • Saturday, March 25, 2023

    Homecoming Gala for Department Leaders Is May 20

    Department Leaders

    Commander David Riley Sr., President Nancy Babis, Commander Tim Van Patten II

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    Vernon Downs Casino Hotel

    The entire New York American Legion Family is invited to the May 20th Homecoming Gala for Department Commander David Riley Sr., Department President Nancy Babis and Detachment Commander Timothy Van Patten II.

    The dinner gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel,  4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, New York 13476. A cash bar reception precedes dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. read more »

  • Friday, March 24, 2023

    Yankee Doodle Band Leader Passes

    Dan Hannon, a long-time leader and musician with Fort Crailo Post 471’s Yankee Doodle Band, has passed away.

    With the band since 1957, Hannon was business manager, lead trombonist and parade leader.

    His funeral is set for Tuesday, March 28, at W. J. Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, NY 12144. Calling hours are 3 to 5 p.m. with a service st 5:30.

    In addition to peroforming out in the public, the band is a regular feature at the Department Mid-Winter Conference and the Department Convention parade.

  • Friday, March 10, 2023

    National Commander Addresses SC Joint Legislative Assembly

    Video of National Commander Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola as he addresses the South Carolina Joint Legislative Assembly on March 8, 2023.

  • Ian Chung Is 2023 State Oratorical Champ

    Oratorical contest finalists

    FROM LEFT: Thomas Fernandez, Mary Kennedy, Department Oratorical Chair Anthony Paternostro, Department Commander David R. Riley, Sr., Joshua Zampella, 2023 Department Oratorical Champion Ian Chung, London Beachy, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commandder Timothy Van Patten II.

    ALBANY — Ian Chung, a junior at Vestal Senior High School in Vestal, NY, is The American Legion New York State Oratorical Champion for 2023, Oratorical Chairman Anthony Paternostro announced.

    This year’s contest was conducted on March 4, 2023, at the Crown Plaza-Desmond Hotel in Albany.

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  • Thursday, March 09, 2023

    NY Homecoming for Jim Troiola on April 15-16

    Jim Troiola
    Team New York cordially invites members of the American Legion Family to attend the New York Homecoming Events on April 15-16 honoring National Commander Vincent J. “Jim” Troiola.

    The highlight Homecoming Luncheon takes place at noon Sunday, April 16, at the Crowne Plaze Albany – The Desmond Hotel (660 Albany-Shaker Rd., Albany).

    Saturday features several options, which culminate in an evening of dining and dancing at Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520.

    During the day, there’s a choice of touring the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, visiting Rivers Casino in Schenectady, or touring the USS Slater in Albany.

    See the fillable PDFs for details and ticket purchases as well as hotel reservations.

    National Commander Troiola Homecoming Events

    Homecoming Fillable Housing Form


  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023

    Squadron 1682 Donates to Peer-To-Peer Veteran Support Program

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    NEW CITY, NY — Sons of The American Legion Squadron 1682 donated $2,500 to the Rockland County Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program on Feb. 13. The Dwyer program was chosen due to its mission of suicide prevention and peer support for those with PTSD. The Dwyer mission is in keeping with The American Legion’s “Be the One” national campaign for suicide prevention.

    In attendance at the check presentation were Congressman Mike Lawler, representatives from State Sen. Bill Weber’s office and Town of Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. The donation was presented by Squadron Commander Justin Elmendorf. Accepting the donation on behalf of the Dwyer program were Director Mark Woods and Outreach Specialist Ismael Quintana.

    — by Justin Elmendorf