Friday, September 10, 2021
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
Thursday, September 09, 2021
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.
Tuesday, September 07, 2021
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:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The 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 »
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
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.