Saturday, November 18, 2017



Certificates were presented to 
14 Eagle Scouts in Oswego County.

One Eagle was present to accept his certificate
and tell about his project. 
His mother accompanied him.

Pictured below is NIC STEVENS from Troop 734. 

The other recipients are listed as: 
Troop 715 - Seth Dunn and Troy Rogers; 
Troop 724 - Daniel Donegan, Christopher Suchecki & Maxwell Yonkers; 
Troop 734 - James Kristensen;  
Troop 735 - Kyle Hartman; 
Troop 750 - Austin Wilson and Daniel Knowlton; 
Troop 780 - Evan Salmonsen; 
Troop 888 - Michael Gilbert; 
Troop 3112 - Christian Radziseski and Nathan Tinklepaugh.


The attendance was low this year as noted in the photos below...

There was a beautiful cake provided 
by Fuller-Taylor Post 915 and 
lots of soda for those attending. 
Last year we had the presence of the 5th District American Legion Commander to assist, 
but not this year!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Have You Forgotten Who I Am?

Have You Forgotten

Who I Am?

Hello. Remember me? 
Some people call me "Old Glory"...
Others call me the Star Spangled Banner
But whatever they call me, I'm your flag.

The flag of the United States of America.

Something has been bothering me...
So I thought I'd talk it over with you.
Not too long ago, people were lining up
On both sides of the street
To see a parade go by...
And naturally I was leading that parade
Proudly waving in the breeze

And when your Daddy saw me coming,
He would immediately remove his hat
And place it over his left shoulder
So his right hand would be over his heart.

And you, you were standing there...
Right next to your Dad.
You didn't wear a hat, and your little sister
Not to be outdone was standing right next to you
And both of you had your right hand over your heart. 

What has happened now?

I don't feel as proud as I used to.  
I'm still the same old flag...
I see children playing, shouting...
They don't seem to know or care who I am
Or what I stand for.
I saw an elderly gentleman take his hat off
But when he saw others with theirs son,
He turned around and slowly walked away.

Hey, I'm still the same old flag.

A few stars have been added 
Since those parades long ago...
A lot of blood has been shed.
Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore?

Have you forgotten who I am?

What I stand for? And where I've been?

Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam?
Take a good look one of these days... 
At the memorial honor roll.
Of all the names of all those
That never came back.

They gave their lives for this 
For this Great Nation to be free.
Under God.

When you salute me,
You salute each and every one of them.
Well it won't be long now and I'll be coming 
Down the street leading that parade
And proudly waving in the breeze.

So when you see me coming,
Stand up straight and salute.
And I'll salute you by waving back.

And then I'll know that you remember.


Saturday, November 11, 2017



How many are aware of the fact that there are those who want to destroy or tear down veterans memorials throughout our land?

Well, there are those who are trying and we must NOT let that happen! So here is a link so you may learn more about this travesty.

As we pause to honor our veterans today, let us also remember our heritage and the price that they have paid so that we may live in a free country where anyone can achieve anything they put their minds to... Just use all your skills to attain your goals. And remember to put GOD first and foremost in your planning.

God bless our veterans!
God bless our government!
God bless the USA!


Monday, November 6, 2017


from National Commander 
Denise Rohan

Check out this message from
The American Legion website:

Click on 

Let's thank all veterans for their sacrifice and service, remembering their families also. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017



This is a link to a recent discussion on the urgency to require the use of medical marijuana in the treatment of PTSD and TBI of our returning service people. There is definitely a need for the use of marijuana to get off the pharmaceutical drugs which are causing our veterans to self-destruct. Please take a few minutes to listen to the arguments put forth by The American Legion and our legislators in Washington in favor of the study on this video. 

Just click on the link below to watch this video:

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Monday, October 30, 2017

American Legion Christmas Correction

In the previous entry I mistakenly typed PFSD instead of PTSD. Please note this correction. Thanks!



A thoughtful video about
a veteran who has
suffered with PFSD
and received help from
The American Legion

He has a son and a loving wife
who are helping him in his
return to normal life after
his military service.

Please pass this on to
any returning veteran
you know who may
also be struggling with
the demons of living through
horrendous war memories.

Great music of the
and a great message
for us all to consider...

Click on link below for video: 

God bless all our military
service people and keep them
in your loving arms.

Sunday, October 8, 2017


to Oswego County 

A social hour was held from 5 pm to 6 pm at the Horning-Fournier Post 418 in Phoenix, NY. 

The dinner chairman was Shawn M. Mills and the post was decorated and ready for the dignitaries when they arrived.

The welcoming committee awaited their arrival.

Post 418 Commander Bud Lee (on right)

5th Dist. Auxiliary President Michelle LeJeune
 5th District Sons of American Legion Commander Dennis George
 New York Auxiliary President Patricia Hennessey
 Hungry folks awaiting dinner
 Squadron 418 SAL Commander Mark Shatraw
The head table 
NY SAL Comdr. William Clancy III

5th District Legion Cmdr. Richard Palmer Jr.


 Rena Nessler & Pat Hennessey

 Cake for dessert

 The Oswego County visitation chairman was Shawn M. Mills,
 seated next to his wife Angela.

 Lighted Japanese lanterns adorned every table and all dignitaries had boutonnieres and corsages created by David Rowlee and donated by the Rowlee family. Many members of our American Legion family donated their time and effort to make this dinner a success.

Unfortunately the Oswego County American Legion Commander was not present due to health problems. Past department vice commander James R. Ellis filled in for him. 

Each of the department of New York officers spoke briefly on their programs for the year and all were adamant about increasing our membership to keep supporting all veterans and their families with active programs like Empire Girls State, Boys State, the oratorical contest and other children and youth activities. Donations were accepted for the officers' project including the National Emergency Fund which is used to assist the victims of floods, hurricanes and other tragic events. 


of the

made their official annual visitation to Oswego County on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 with a meet and greet luncheon at Homer Russell Smith Post 587 in Fulton.

We were honored to have the first woman American Legion Commander RENA NESSLER with us as well as American Legion Auxiliary President Patricia Hennessey.

Traveling with them was the Sons of the American Legion State Commander William Clancy III. They had lunch with over two dozen Legionnaires from our county as well as those traveling with them. 

There was a brief tour of the Fulton War Memorial before they motored to Oswego for a guided tour of historic Fort Ontario.  

The weather was ideal: sunny and warm and everyone was interested in the history of our Fort Ontario.

Following are a few pictures of the days events prior to the evening meal which was served at Horning-Fournier Post 418 in Phoenix with nearly a hundred persons attending to partake of the pork dinner with all the trimmings as well as a fine cake for dessert.

New York Legion Commander RENA NESSLER 
looking at Post 587 history book as past commander
JOHN YOUNG chats with another member.
 New York Sons of the American Legion
Commander William Clancy III helps our 
Oswego County Auxiliary President
Betty Rowlee to attach his pin.

 NY Sons of American Legion Commander William Clancy III,
NY Auxiliary President Patricia Hennessey with the tour guide
and NY American Legion Commander Rena Nessler
at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY

Fort Ontario Wall

 Visitation continued on next blog.....