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  • Sunday, February 21, 2021

    Legislative Update

    The Legion’s New York Legislative Committee provides an update on issues and what the Legion urges NY State to act on. See the Feb. 19th update here.

  • Monday, February 15, 2021

    WNY Heroes Snow Sculpture in Arcade, NY

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    A ten-foot snow sculpture featuring three soldiers and an American flag attracted the attention of American Legion and VFW members on Sunday, Feb. 14.

    As Lite 98.7 Radio put it: “Eric Jones has done it again. The professional carver, who has been creating spectacular snow sculptures all winter, honored Western New York Heroes.”

    Mike Jones, adjutant for Arcade American Legion Post 737, noted that the impressive sculpture is located at Automotive Alley on Route 98 in Arcade, and that it is helping to raise funds for WNY Heroes Inc.

    “Members of VFW Post 374 and Arcade American Legion Post 737 visited the ‘WNY Heroes’ snow sculpture,” he said. “Both veterans’ clubs are going to make a donation to WNY Heroes for the good things they do for veterans and their families.”

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  • Sunday, February 14, 2021

    NY’s Jim Troiola Is Leading Candidate for National Commander for 2022-2023

    Vincent James “Jim” Troiola is now the leading candidate for National Commander of The American Legion for 2022-2023.

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    Vincent James Troiola, past department commander and past national vice commander

    “In a recent, but very sad turn of events, the gentleman scheduled to become national commander before Jim, Randall Fisher of Kentucky, passed away following a two-week battle with Covid 19, a devastating loss to the American Legion,” Campaign Chair Rene Vanmulem notes. “As a result, Jim now becomes leading candidate and his election as our National Commander is accelerated by an entire year.”

    While this may appear to many as a great advancement for Jim, “we must realize that his preparation to become National Commander and his fundraising efforts to complete the responsibilities associated with his candidacy have been cut short by an entire year.”

     His committee, TEAM NEW YORK, reached out to the entire Legion Family several months ago asking for donations to  support his candidacy. The arrival of the ill-fated pandemic, however, has kept most posts, units and squadrons inactive in an effort to minimize the spread of this virus.

    “At this time we are requesting that the entire Legion Family support Jim’s efforts to become our national commander by submitting your donations to his campaign fund.

    Checks may be made payable to Team New York Campaign Fund and sent to Department of New York Offices at 1304 Park Blvd., Troy, NY 12180.

    “On behalf of candidate Troiola, his committee thanks you in advance for your generosity.”

  • Monday, February 08, 2021

    Mattydale Riders Present $500 to NY Director

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    State Riders Director Ed Morris receives $500 check from Chapter 1832 members in Mattydale. From left: Lisa Yurtserver, Tina Martin, Director Morris, Chapter Director Michael LeMay, Marty Martin, Sandra Darmody. Photo by Debbie Morris.

    American Legion Riders Chapter 1832 in Mattydale presented New York Riders Director Ed “Cowboy” Morris with a $500 check on Feb. 7. The check represents proceeds from a meat raffle benefitting the NY Director’s Fund. Director Morris said he was honored to attend the chapter meeting that followed.

  • Sunday, February 07, 2021

    Yorktown Legion Honors 4 Chaplains Virtually

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    Post Commander John D. Giacomini renders salute to the Four Chaplains.

    Each year Yorktown American Legion Post 1009 holds a Four Chaplains Ceremony “to honor these brave men and educate the public about their inspiring story,” Post Adjutant Patrick McDonough reported Feb. 6.

    “With COVID we had to change our way of remembering these brave men of faith and created a virtual ceremony and posted it on YouTube…

    “We hope that everyone enjoys this video attempt at keeping our Post’s traditions alive while ‘sitting out’ this pandemic.”
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  • Thursday, February 04, 2021

    Malone to Host Bowling Tournament in April and May

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    Hoping to resume activities in the wake of the pandemic, American Legion Post 219 of Malone is planning the Annual New York State American Legion Family Bowling Tournament. It takes place over four weekends in April and May, 2021, at Lucky Strike Lanes, 36 Woodward Street, Malone.

    The annual tournament attracts bowlers from posts, units, squadrons and chapters across the Department of New York.

    The annual Legion Family tournament is open to members of the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders. There are team events, and doubles and singles events.

    2021 tournament dates: Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11, April 17-18, May 1-2 and May 15-16.

    Except for the opening day (when bowling is only at 1 p.m.), start times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    Final deadline for submitting the entry form: April 1. Enter early to have a better chance of getting your preferred date and time to compete. FORMS AND RULES.