Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Once again my little newsletter brought another plaque for us from the New York American Legion Press Association. I didn't even know it was coming, really. Just had an invitation to the luncheon at department convention and Betty and I went to it. Then there were the awards and I got one! So there were pictures and then election of new officers for this year. Mike Duggan has done an exceptional job in organizing and keeping the organization going. This is the plaque I got for the county:
 Then when the Summer Edition of "The Voice", the NYALPA quarterly newsletter came out, guess who's picture was on the front page? None other than yours truly. (Spoiled the whole front page!)

Thursday, September 12, 2013


The American Legion has launched a new Suicide Prevention Web Center on its national website to provide veterans and their families with life-saving resources and programs during their time of transition and need. The center debuts at a time when suicide rates for U.S. veterans are among the highest – an estimated 20 veterans commit suicide every day.

The Legion’s online Suicide Prevention Web Center builds on several suicide-prevention initiatives launched in recent years by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The center houses specific suicide-prevention data, statistics, programs and resources organized for veterans, families and the community.

Additionally, information on VA’s Crisis Hotline (800)-273-8255 (TALK), chat service and video testimonials from VA’s Make the Connection program are accessible from the website. The Make the Connection program includes personal stories of veterans who were at risk for suicide, received help, and now they encourage other veterans to come forward and receive proper treatment.

The web center also features events and programs nationwide that recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. Throughout the month, suicide-prevention coordinators at all 152 VA medical centers are organizing community events, hosting health fairs, leading training sessions, and working with the VA Voluntary Service to improve veterans’ lives. VA is also launching a new nationwide Suicide Prevention Month public service announcement, "Talking About It Matters."

For questions about the new Suicide Prevention Web Center or American Legion veterans health-care programs and initiatives, please contact The American Legion’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division at var@legion.org or by phone at (202) 861-2700.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG.


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, an
American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment,
car, truck, RV, office and store in the United States. Every
individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on
anniversary of one of our country's worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain and those who today, are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity.

Our American flag is the fabric of OUR country! Together, we
can prevail over terrorism of all kinds, foreign or domestic!!

So, here's what we need you to do...

(1) Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size, on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day. (Even 'Dollar Stores' have nice flags, if you worry about cost!)

Thank you for your participation. Long may 'She' wave!!

God Bless You and God Bless America!!



Across America, posts are encouraged to obtain a proclamation making September 16, “American Legion Day,” signed by the city or town mayor/manager. Departments can obtain a similar document from their governor. 

Invite the media to cover post events that celebrate and highlight your post’s programs and the Four Pillars of The American Legion. A post open house, charity fundraiser, disaster preparedness demonstration/lecture, 5k American Legion Run for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, or other community awareness activity on American Legion Day will enable the community to recognize and support your post’s service.

In keeping with the theme, events should be family friendly with invitations to the local military community including active duty, Reserve and National Guard members and their families.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 601 of Parish, NY, will present a Chicken BBQ on Saturday, OCTOBER 12 at the post on County Route 69A from 12 noon until they are gone. Whole chickens are ONLY $7.00. Sides include baked beans and macaroni salad. 

There will also be a Bake Sale with pies, cookies, brownies, etc.

There may also be raffles. 
Come on out and support the local
 auxiliary unit in Parish, NY.
Mark your calendars:
October 12 at noon!