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  • Friday, June 18, 2021

    Manhattan VA Renamed in Honor of Woman Veteran

    Margaret Corbin

    Image of Margaret Corbin on her memorial at West Point. Photo by Ahodges7 / Wikipedia

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney announced June 18 the renaming of the Manhattan VA Medical Center to the Margaret Cochran Corbin Campus of the New York Harbor Health Care System. The Manhattan VA is the first in the nation to be named after a woman veteran.

    The American Legion Department of New York had supported the effort to rename the facility in honor of a woman veteran of the War of Independence.

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  • Sunday, June 13, 2021

    Oneida County Elects First Woman Commander

    Oneida County Commander Lucy Burgard

    Oneida County Commander Lucy Burgard with Vice Commander Ed Jackson.

    Lucy Burgard of Lee Center made history on June 12, becoming the first woman to lead the Oneida County American Legion in the organization’s 102-year history.

    Commander Burgard was elected and installed during the Legion’s County Convention, held at Utica Post 229 in North Utica, home post to outgoing County Commander Jim George. The convention drew delegates from American Legion Posts across Oneida County. read more »

  • Friday, June 11, 2021

    Cicero’s SAL Team Bowls to First Place

    Results of the Annual New York State American Legion Family Bowling Tournament are now available.

    Hosted by American Legion Post 219 of Malone, the tournament took place over four weekends in April and May at Lucky Strike Lanes, 36 Woodward Street, Malone.

    Cicero Post’s SAL Team #1 took top honors. The team included Dietrick Roberson, Doug Engle, Joe Pitre, and Rich Cohen

    Lucky Strike Lanes provided the results in four different categories:

    Team Results

    Player scores in team games

    Singles Results

    Doubles Results

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021

    Governor Announces Sampson As Pick for First State Veterans Cemetery

    Sampson Cemetery header
    Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at the site of the former Sampson Naval Training Station and Sampson Air Force Base in Romulus, Seneca County, has been chosen by a state-appointed committee as the site of New York’s first State Veterans Cemetery.

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the decision on Memorial Day. The action brings New York one step closer to establishing a permanent, sate-owned resting place to honor the service and sacrifice of New York’s brave veterans and their family members. Governor Cuomo announced his commitment to establish New York’s first State Veterans Cemetery on Veterans Day 2019 and included this important goal in his 2020 State of the State agenda.

    “Our promise has always been to establish a permanent monument to these heroes and provide their family members — and people from across the state—a place to visit and honor their memories, and this site selected in Romulus is the perfect location for a sacred, final resting place. It’s an honor to establish the first state cemetery to honor homegrown heroes and I look forward to seeing the site open for New Yorkers and their families. read more »

  • Wednesday, June 09, 2021

    Newly Ordained Priest to Be Erie County Chaplain


    Front Row from left: Joseph Porempski, James Bojanowski, Father Michael Johnson, Gary Wald, Thomas O’Connell, and Bill MIskell. Second Row from left: Nelson Oldfield, Tom Deinzer, Fred Pask, Anthony Solina, John Siefert, and Jake Schu. Photo by Marlene Oldfield.

    Members of the Erie County American Legion attended the first mass of newly ordained Catholic priest Michael Johnson on Sunday June 6, 2021, Erie County Adjutant Jim Bojanowski reports.

    Father Johnson is 1st vce commander of Depew Post 1528 and will be the Erie County Chaplain for the 2021-2022 American Legion year.

    The Erie County American Legion purchased four liturgical vestments to mark the occasion and presented them after the mass.


    Fr. Michael Johnson (3rd from left).

  • Thursday, June 03, 2021

    SAL Member’s Motto: ‘Find a need and fill it’

    by The American Legion

    In his nine years as a volunteer at Canandaigua, NY’s VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, Gabe Cinquegrana has logged over 9,000 hours, doing everything from administrative work to using his musical talents to entertain veterans.

    Those efforts earned Cinquegrana the VA’s 2021 National Male Volunteer of the Year Award.

    A member of Detachment of New York Squadron 457, Cinquegrana is the Sons of The American Legion representative on the National Advisory Committee of the VA’s Center for Development and Civic Engagement,

    He was honored with an event at Post 457 in Phelps, NY, on May 28. read more »