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  • Saturday, May 26, 2018

    We are blessed because America is worth dying for

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    by Rena Nessler, Commander

    American Legion Department of New York

    Rena Nessler

    Commander Rena Nessler

    The memory of fallen heroes blesses us.

    At first, I was going to say their memory haunts us. But no, they bless us. Whether you are a Gold Star family member, a battle buddy, or a friend, you remember their voice, their laugh, the way they walked.

    All you have to do is look around and you will see their legacy. That legacy is us – all of us Americans gathered in a free society with the common purpose of honoring our fallen veterans.

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  • Saturday, May 05, 2018

    Ride to Remember in Wayland Honors Fallen Soldier

    The 6th annual Sgt. Devin Snyder Ride to Remember and Road Rally takes place Saturday, June 2, at Wayland American Legion Post 402 on Main Street in Wayland, NY. It is sponsored by the Devin Snyder Foundation along with Post 402 and  Springwater Legion Riders Chapter 905.

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  • Thursday, May 03, 2018

    Hawthorne Cubs Earn Top Award to Advance to Scouts

    HAWTHORNE, NY – Hawthorne Cub Scout Pack 1, chartered by Hawthorne American Legion Post 112, held its annual Blue and Gold dinner April 28 to celebrate the history of Scouting, and honor 23 Cub Scouts who achieved the Arrow of Light Award. “This is the highest award in Cub Scouting and is earned before scouts can cross over and become Boy Scouts,” Cubmaster Robert Occhiogrossi noted.

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  • Monday, April 30, 2018

    Legion donates $5,000 for scholarship in memory of Dansville airman

    DANSVILLE — The American Legion Department of New York on April 28 donated $5,000 to help establish a scholarship in memory of local Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Gleason Morrow.

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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


    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

    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)