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  • Monday, October 23, 2017

    Canandaigua SAL Hosts ‘Welcome Home Celebration’

    Military personnel, veterans and their families enjoyed a Welcome Home Celebration Sept. 23 at Canandaigua American Legion Post 256.

    Hosted by the Canandaigua Sons of The American Legion (SAL) and the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, the event attracted 150 people, including 94 veterans, reported SAL Squadron Commander Gabe Cinquegrana.

    enjoying lunch

    Veterans, military personnel and families enjoy lunch at Canandaigua Post.

    “Some 23 Veteran Service Organizations, employers, colleges, and community partners participated with information tables, as well as several programs at the VA which provided on-the-spot benefit assistance and enrollment,” he said.

    Vintage military vehicles

    Some of the vintage military vehicles at the “Welcome Home Celebration”.

    It also was a step back in time for some as several restored military vehicles were also on display from the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.

    The family friendly celebration offered children’s activities, including face painting.

    “Lunch was served to all in attendance, and a number of door prizes awarded,” Cinquegrana said. “Both the local newspaper and Rochester TV were on hand to cover the event.”

    He added: “All agreed it was a great success, with a number of organizations, as well as the VA, reporting assistance provided to many of our veterans and military families in need.”


    Exhibitors at the Canandaigua ‘Welcome Home Celebration”