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  • Friday, September 10, 2021

    9/11 Anniversary Reminds Us of the Sacrifices We Make for Freedom

    Frank LaMarsh 2021

    Frank LaMarsh

    Each of us has a searing memory of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside.

    One of mine was the sudden realization that I now understood what my parents’ generation felt when Pearl Harbor was attacked, propelling us into World War II. It weighed on the whole country, bringing Americans together in spirit – just as it did 80 years later as the nation watched in shock the disaster unfolding at the World Trade Center towers. It propelled us into a war on terror.

    I am so grateful to our American Legion Family across the Department of New York that is participating in remembrance ceremonies on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Legion Family continues to support and express gratitude to our post-9/11 veterans and the men and women wearing our country’s uniforms.

    To all our veterans and their families — thank you for your sacrifice and service, which safeguards our freedoms.

    America is not just the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is the land of the free because of the brave.

    For God and Country
    Frank LaMarsh, Commander
    Department of New York

    60 Wall St  on 9 11

    Shot of ground zero from 60 Wall Street after the World Trade Center was hit. In Commander LaMarsh’s own words: “I was at 60 Wall St. about 3 blocks from ground zero. My team and I stayed in the office for the week to keep JPMorgan Chase’s Data Center functioning. I was in my office on the 9th Floor having my weekly staff meeting when the first plane hit.”

  • Thursday, September 09, 2021

    4th District Visitations Postponed

    Frank LaMarsh 2021

    Commander LaMarsh

    Jim Casey

    Adjutant Casey

    Message from Commander Frank LaMarsh and Adjutant Jim Casey

     

    All 4th District visitations are officially postponed/cancelled.  
    We will be re-scheduling all of the postponed counties in the spring of 2022.  

    Due to the rising numbers of COVID cases, we do not want to endanger any of our membership and their guests.  

    To anyone that attended The American Legion National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, we strongly encourage you to take a COVID test as soon as possible. 

    A number of our Legion Family members who attended have been diagnosed with COVID.

    Thank you

  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021

    6 New Yorkers Featured in Legion 9/11 Podcasts

    Tango Alpha Lima Podcast graphic
    Six members of The American Legion Family with a New York connection are featured in podcast episodes related to the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast launched the first of 20 memorable, inspiring and captivating stories the week of Aug. 16.  New episodes are published each weekday by 9 a.m. Eastern through Sept. 10. Visit legion.org/tangoalphalima to download each episode in this special series in audio format or watch on The American Legion YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/americanlegionHQ.

    Here’s a snapshot of the episodes involving New Yorkers:

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  • Wednesday, August 11, 2021

    Summer Issue of Legion New York Mag Is Available

    Cover of Legion NY Magazine, Summer 2021The summer issue of Legion New York magazine is available for viewing and downloading.

    This issue provides a glimpse of a number of Legion Posts returning to some normal activity in time for Memorial Day as well as for other events.

    The magazine also features stories about:

    • a SAL member honored by the VA as national volunteer of the year.

    • racism and Black World War II vets.

    • Oneida County’s first woman commander.

    * Carthage Post’s first woman black commander. read more »

  • Rockland Players Are Junior Champions

    Rockland Pirates Post 130nJunior Champs

    JUNIOR BASEBALL CHAMPS: Bottom row. Left to right: Danny Barna, Nick Marchionno, Collin Prisco, Matt Martorelli, Dom Colarusso, Quentin DeSantis. Top row, Left to right: Coach Tony Barna, Christofer Miedreich, Mike Korchinski, Chad Falcon, Jack Gallagher, Greg Becker, Patrick Joseph, Aidan Gallagher, Coach Cameron Price, Coach Phil Fratello.

    The Rockland Pirates Post 130 Junior Team won the New York State American Legion Baseball Championship.

    The state tournament was held at Murnane Field in Utica, July 29 to July 31. It was a four-team double elimination tournament, with champions from the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th Districts.

    • District 4 Champion – Clinton County Mariners

    • District 5 Champion – Utica Post 229

    • District 6 Champion – Endicott Post 82

    • District 9 Champion – Rockland Pirates Post 130

  • Saturday, August 07, 2021

    Hamburg Post Players Are State Champions – Again

     

    Hamburg Post Champions

    HAMBURG POST CHAMPIONS: Front row with trophy: Alex Dzimian; 2nd Row, from left: Rob Fitzpatrick Sr Baseball Director, Aidan Dugan, Jake LaDuca, Andrew Stablewski, Matt Armstrong, Connor Kiefer, Aidan Brunner, Santino Turello, Ryan Hilton, Coach Hilton, Coach Schreiner, Bruce Mayfield State Baseball Chairman; 3rd Row, from left: Coach Duffek, Connor McMahon, Kyle Kuczewski, Jack Duffek, Mike Heilig, Joe Reitebach, Max Schmarder, Bryce Schreiner

    SAUGERTIES — Tournament MVP Maxwell Schmarder drove in three runs, including the go-ahead score in the sixth inning, to lead Hamburg Post 527 to a second consecutive New York State American Legion Senior Baseball championship July 28 at Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex (known as Cantine Field).

    Hamburg erased a 9-3 deficit to win the championship with a 13-9 triumph over Smith Post 24 of Rome, adding to the title it won in 2019 — the last time the tournament was held.

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