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  • Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    Our Legion Family – It’s Like Christmas All Year Long

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    Dear American Legion Family,

    Mike McDermott

    Commander McDermott

    We pray that you are blessed this holiday season, especially as we enter the new year.

    Instead of being a year to fondly remember, 2020 has been one of unprecedented personal and family challenge because of the pandemic. Some might say it’s a year to forget.

    But I reflect on 2020 with some pride and inspiration because of all the good works that you  continue to do across New York State.

    Deeds like…

    • providing food, personal protective equipment and encouragement to first responders;

    • feeding and/or honoring older veterans;

    • helping to sponsor food pantries;

    • finding creative ways to conduct fundraisers for good causes;

    …all while wearing masks and social-distancing.

    So many of you in the Legion Family have turned adversity into opportunity. Your smiles may be hidden behind masks, but not your warmth and joy. It’s as if you have learned to live the Christmas spirit all year long.

    We pray that God blesses you and keeps you safe and healthy in 2021

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    — Michael McDermott, Commander, Department of New York.