A prime rib dinner was served by the Robert Edwards Auxiliary Unit 358 and it was very good. The chairman for the visitation was David V. Walker who worked with his committee to make all the arrangements.
Commander Dellinger was late arriving since he had been in Washington, DC for meetings with Congress and the VA concerning problems with patients at some VA facilities.
He spoke on his travels and noted that "Politics is replacing Patriotism." He advises that we must keep on singing songs and waving the flag of our country.
Red, White & Blue table settings.
Visitation Chairman David Walker.
Following the dinner there was the presentation of gifts and donations to the National Emergency Fund which is used to help Legionnaires and the families who are victims of national disasters such as tornados, etc.
Among those present for the dinner were:
Ken Governor, New York American Legion Commander
Stanley Clark, National Executive Committeeman
William Burnett, Alternate NEC
Barbara Corker, New York Auxiliary President
Carolyn Virkler, 5th District Auxiliary President
John Chang, Sons of American Legion NY Detachment Cmdr.
Joseph Barilla, Dept. Vice Commander for 5th & 6th Districts
Michael Bowen, Past NY Legion Commander
James Casey, NY Legion Adjutant
James R. Ellis, 5th District Legion Commander
The National Anthem was sung by Helen Day before the meal and following the meal, Shirley Wood led the audience in "God Bless America" with all present standing and holding hands.