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  • Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Join the Legion Family at NYS Fair

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    Imagine an American Legion booth at the New York State Fair, attracting Legion Family memberships from among the 1.3 million fair-goers.

    That’s exactly what Eastwood Post 1276 and Onondaga County American Legion are planning – with a membership booth in a high foot-traffic area in front of the veterans memorial at the fairgrounds in Syracuse. The fair runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2.

    In addition to “positive community awareness, fundraising (poppy sales) and veteran services outreach,” the goal is “membership recruitment,” noted fair chairman Ron Hulgan, an Iraq/Afghanistan U.S. Army vet.

    With the recent enacting of the LEGION Act, “any veteran honorably discharged from World War II to the present is eligible to become a legionnaire,” Hulgan said. “Likewise, family members, including descendants of World War I veterans, are eligible for membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.”

    Membership applications will be taken at the booth, and then distributed to the posts/counties where applicants live, Hulgan noted.

    For that reason, he hopes to get volunteers from posts around the state. “We are seeking volunteers to service the booth during the course of the fair, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., hoping to have at least two persons at the booth at all times.”

    He added: “We have parking and fair passes for up to 10 volunteers per day.”

    To volunteer or for more information, contact Hulgan at: | phone/text: 334-806-0003