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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    A Final Salute to Mrs. Bush

    by Rena Nessler, commander, Department of New York

    We offer a heart-felt final salute to Barabara Bush, the wife and mother of former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, both military veterans.

    Barbara Bush

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    In a very real way, she was like many of us in New York’s American Legion Family. Raised in Rye, NY, Barbara and George first met at a Christmas dance in 1941. They strarted corresponding and a romance began. After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., George enlisted in the Navy and trained as a World War ii pilot. Their correspondence was interrupted for a month when George, flying a Grumman Avenger over the Pacific, was shot down and rescued by a submarine. They married in 1945 while he was on leave from the Navy.

    Known as a popular, self-deprecating, and sometimes frankly speaking First Lady, Mrs. Bush was passionate about such causes as literacy and civil rights. And military veterans.

    As the Navy would say, Bravo Zulu, Mrs. Bush!

  • Monday, April 16, 2018

    Weekly 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 April 13th update here.

  • 8th District Golf Tournament in Niagara Falls on June 15

    The 8th District American Legion will hold its 2018 Golf Tournament on June 15 at Hyde Park Municipal Golf Course in Niagara Falls.

    The 18-hold, captain-and-crew event gets underway at 10 a.m.

    The tournament is open to Legion Family members. The $60 entry fee covers greens fee, golf cart, steak dinner and prizes.

    Golf Tournament Flyer and Entry Form  (fillable in Adobe Acrobat Reader)

  • Friday, April 06, 2018

    Monroe County Legion Hosts 90th Annual Dinner for Rochester Ball Team

    The Rochester Red Wings International League baseball team has always been a mainstay of the Greater Rochester community. The team has been in existence since 1899, and in 1929 the Monroe County American Legion began a tradition of hosting a dinner each year to welcome the team to Rochester just prior to the start of its new season. On April 3, 2018, the Monroe County Committee of the American Legion hosted the 90th Dinner at the Double Tree Hotel with some 425 people in attendance.

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  • Thursday, April 05, 2018

    Register and Reserve Hotel Room for National Convention

    Legion Family members can now register and reserve hotel rooms for the 100th American Legion National Convention via a housing and registration form. The form is available here.

    The National Convention takes place Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis, MN.

     

  • Tuesday, April 03, 2018

    Sen. Schumer Pushes for Canandaigua VA Funding

    Commander Nessler: Need to maintain veteran health care in future

    CANANDAIGUA — Department Commander Rena Nessler joined veterans and VA officials at press conference March 30 where U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced he was launching “a campaign to secure $190 million in much-needed funding for the Canandaigua Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Campus modernization project.”

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