Sunday, May 15, 2016


During the month of May, American Legion Auxiliary units and posts distribute poppies created by veterans to those who donate. The funds are used for veterans and their needs. When you see someone selling poppies, why not donate a buck or two and know you are helping a veteran?

At the 5th District Annual Spring Conference, many poppies were used in special displays, some of which are forwarded to the New York State Department Convention to be judged in July 2016.

Here are a few of those beautiful creations:

My favorite, Poppy Heart with Soldier's Boot

Anyone need a new spring hat?

Thursday, December 31, 2015


Past New York State Commander KENNETH F. GOVERNOR passed away on December 24, 2015. 

PDC Ken was the 2013-14 department commander who helped usher in a new era of communications and marketing for the Department of New York.

His personal motto was "Service First" and served him well in the Army, where during his last tour he ensured that National Guard units were logistically ready for deployment in the first Gulf War. Concentration on making sure every soldier and every unit had everything they needed to sustain and protect themselves in combat and to be able to decisively engage the enemy and win, Ken and his team were cited for the best prepared units to arrive at the mobilization and embarkation centers. Ken was a retired US Army major with nearly 30 years of active and reserve duty.

 In The American Legion, Ken was a life member of North Greenbush Memorial Post 1489 in Rensselaer County and a member of the Sons of The American Legion. He was a past Rensselaer County and Third District Commander.

He was raised in Boston, Mass. and resided in North Greenbush. He left his wife, the former Sandra Gingeresky of Troy, NY three sons and two daughters, and several grandchildren.

He will be sorely missed by all in the American Legion family.


This looks like a fun evening. 
Be sure to get your reservations in early!
 $30 per person - Only 100 tickets available.
Proceeds got to benefit 
the American Legion Riders.
Tickets available at 
Hannibal American Legion. 

Questions? Call Lenny at 315-212-0957 or
Fred at 315-420-1477.

When tickets are sold out, 
no more tickets are available. 

Buffet Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30
and a Comedy Show at 8 PM
ONLY $30.00!

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Cicero Post 787
Nov. 11, 2015

 COMING UP - - - -
December 12, 2015


Thursday, October 15, 2015




The annual American Legion Family Holiday Gift Shop Program will take place at the Syracuse VA Medical Center again this year.
 It is never too early to start thinking of Christmas for our Veterans at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Gift Shop Dates are:

Dec. 5th (Saturday) VA 10 am. 
Unload gifts from trailer and set up auditorium.

Dec. 6th (Sunday) VA Auditorium 8 am
Load carts & distribute, wrap and mail gifts.

Dec. 7th (Monday) VA Auditorium 8 am
Load carts & distribute, wrap and mail gifts.

Dec. 8th (Tuesday) VA Auditorium 8 am
Distribute, wrap and mail gifts until all veterans have been served and packages ready for mailing. Pack up and load on trailer.

Monetary donations toward Gift Shop can be used from Poppy Fund monies and Bell Jar. If you send donations to County, please make sure to specify Unit # (Post # or Squad #) and amount so I can thank the appropriate people. 

DO NOT SEND donations directly to the VA as it will go in their General Fund.

Please make checks payable to: HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP 
and send to:  Jayne Fust, P.O. Box 72, Brewerton, NY 13029

Let me know how many are coming to Gift Shop and when.
You may leave a message on (315) 676-5432.

Coffee/tea/hot chocolate and donuts will be served
every morning EXCEPT Saturday. A light lunch will be
served on Sunday and the VA provides vouchers
on Monday and Tuesday.

All members of the American Legion Family are invited
to participate in this program. Let us give of ourselves
in the true spirit of God and Country!

Jayne Fust
VA Holiday Gift Shop Chairman


Just received word that on Wednesday, November 11 (Veterans Day), TOPS markets will honor an 11 percent discount off a total order to all veterans and their immediate family members who shop at any Tops location.

Customers should provide proof of service that they, or a family member living in the same household are a U.S. veteran, active duty, reserve or retired military personnel to automatically receive an 11 percent discount off their total purchase that day.

Tops is a long-time supporter of military associates and customers, including support of the American Veterans Tribute Traveling Wall, Honor Flight Missions, sending care packages for troops serving domestically and overseas, VA hospital visits and participation in veteran job fairs, parades and expos. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015


The 5th District American Legion met today in Lowville at Post 162 at the firehall nearby. Representing Oswego County were Commander Fred Waters, David Walker, Tom Brown, Shawn Mills, James Ellis, Delos Rowlee and 5th District Sergeant-at-Arms Richard Palmer. 
 Commander Leslie Crossett chaired the meeting and the department membership chairman was present to give information on to those attending. It is a powerful tool to use for your membership and is very useful in maintaining your post membership.