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  • 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.

    (Dept. Commander Frank Peters Talks of Advocacy for Vets)

    State Legion Leaders

    Department Commander Frank Peters, Department President Diane Gerber and Detachment Commander Chuck Depot pose for the camera Sept. 27 outside Robert Lee Walsh Post 337 in Broadalbin, Fulton County, where they were greeted by a contingent of American Legion Riders. Photo by Doug Malin.

    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.

    American Legion Riders greet Dept. Commander Frank Peters as he arrives for a visitation in Fulton County at Robert Lee Walsh Post 337 in Broadalbin. Photo by Doug Malin.

    American Legion Riders greeted Dept. Commander Frank Peters, SAL Detachment Commander Chuck Depot and Dept. President Diane Gerber as they arrived for a visitation in Fulton County at Robert Lee Walsh Post 337 in Broadalbin. Photo by Doug Malin.