Saturday, September 27, 2014
State Leaders Glimpse Rural Life in Visitation Swing
HALFMOON — Touring rural upstate has been an eye-opener for city girl Diane Gerber, of Staten Island, The American Legion’s New York State Auxiliary president, The Saratogian reported. She recently saw her first buffalo and stopped at a local dairy where she learned firsthand about the challenges farmers deal with every day.
At the same time, she’s spreading the word about the auxiliary’s mission and national membership goal of one million women by 2019, when the Legion will celebrate its 100th anniversary.
“We need to tell our veterans that they are loved and that we can help them,” Gerber said. “That is the auxiliary’s job.”
Gerber, state Legion Commander Frank Peters and state Sons of The American Legion Commander Chuck Depo were honored guests at a Saratoga County dinner Sept. 25 hosted by Mohawk Post 1450 of Halfmoon.
As state president, Gerber has adopted a theme of “Bridging Our Family Together,” to emphasize the need for helping veterans’ spouses and children, too.
“Now more than ever we need to support the military child,” she said.
The state Legion leaders are visiting each county in the state during the 2014-2015 Legion year.