WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A POPPY DONATION FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME?

This weekend you will begin to see Poppies all around Manhasset in preparation for National Poppy Day on May 27th and Memorial Day on May 3oth.

Please help Manhasset Unit 304 support our veterans, active-duty military and their families by donating to our 2022 poppy campaign.  We are happy to inform you that you can now make a donation from your home, your phone, or whatever smart device you choose.  Simply click the following link, fill in your information and know that your donation goes completely and exclusively to assist our veterans, active-duty military and their families.  Thank you for your generosity.

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PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING “America’s VetDogs”

YOU CAN HELP IMPROVE THE LIFE OF A VETERAN FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.  SIMPLY CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT “America’s Vet Dogs.”

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Manhasset American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304 has decided to support America’s VetDogs.  As many of you know this is an organization located in Smithtown.  Their goal is to empower veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence by providing service canines to our wounded warriors.  The cost for the training of just one dog exceeds $50,000.  Some of us have seen firsthand the benefits of these well trained dogs who have been taught to respond to the specific needs of their Veteran.  If you would like to join us in supporting this worthy cause, please click on the above link to make a donation.  All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.  Manhasset Unit 304 is a tax exempt 501 (c) 19 organization.

 

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Secret Soldier Santa Fundraiser

PLEASE BECOME A SECRET SOLDIER SANTA FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME OR PHONE.  SIMPLY CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

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Last year during the height of the pandemic we reached out to you for your support of the Secret Soldier Santa program at the Northport VA Medical Center (NVAMC) and your overwhelmingly generous response enabled the success of the program.

This year has continued to be difficult for those veterans who either live or receive treatment at the NVAMC. Due to ongoing concerns for their health and safety, our veterans will again not be permitted to receive traditional gifts items this holiday season.

While we cannot do our Gift Bag program, we can still honor our Veterans and help bring them some holiday cheer. Similar to last year,  the Secret Soldier Santa Program will not have a party hosted by Santa. Since actual gifts are not permitted, gift cards (which can be sanitized) will be distributed to our veterans for use in purchasing gifts for their children. This empowerment to purchase the gift items their children would love to receive is the greatest gift we can give a veteran. We are working to raise money to purchase these gift cards from major stores and your donations will help make this happen.

On Saturday, November 20th, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, our Junior Auxiliary members and our Scouts will be in the back outdoor section of Raindew in Manhasset accepting monetary donations in a contactless manner.  Safe distancing and safety measures will be followed.  We are very grateful to Raindew for their continued support of our veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary’s ongoing programs.  This is a very generous and patriotic gesture on their part.

Post 304 of the Manhasset American Legion, 27 Bayview Avenue, will also be open on Saturday, November 20th, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, to accept donations for this worthy cause.  There will be a totally contactless “Drive-By Donation” site in the parking lot and a “Walk-By Donation” site at the front door.

Donations may be made in cash, by check, or by credit card.  Checks should be made payable to American Legion Auxiliary and may be dropped off on November 20th or mailed to American Legion Auxiliary, 27 Bayview Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030.  SEE BELOW TO USE YOUR CREDIT CARD STARTING NOW!  American Legion Auxiliary Manhasset Unit 304 is a 501(c) (19) tax exempt organization.  All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Please join us in spreading cheer to those who have sacrificed so much in the service of our great nation and in the preservation of our freedoms.  Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our veterans.  May you each be blessed in abundance at this beautiful holiday season.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Pat O’Brien at 516-850-5702 or patobrien17@msn.com.

TO USE YOUR CREDIT CARD TO MAKE A DONATION, PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

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Junior Members Elected to Honorary Department of New York Offices

Samantha (Left) and Katharine (Right) socially distanced before the American Flag at Post 304

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York held its annual Mid-Winter Conference virtually on January 23rd.  On the same day, it held a virtual conference and elections for Junior members of the American Legion Auxiliary from New York State.  Junior members are girls under the age of 18 years.  Manhasset American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304 is proud to announce that two of its Junior members were elected as Honorary Junior officers for New York State.  Katharine Caputi is now serving as Honorary Department Junior Vice President and Samantha Palmadessa is serving as Honorary Department Junior Treasurer.  Both girls were installed by American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York President Linda Tome.  Serving as Honorary Junior officers is a great way for our Junior members to learn about the ALA and our mission.  During the next year, they may be paired with senior officers to learn the duties and responsibilities of that office.  Congratulations to Katharine and Samantha, who made history for our Manhasset Unit through their elections!

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BECOME A SECRET SOLDIER SANTA

Make the Holidays Brighter for our Veterans – Become A Secret Soldier Santa 

 2020 American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Poster

For several years, the American Legion Auxiliary has reached out to you for help in spreading holiday cheer to our veterans residing at the Northport VA Medical Center (NVAMC) through your participation in our Holiday Gift Bag Program. Your response has consistently overwhelmed us and last year, as a result of your generosity, we prepared and delivered over 200 very large holiday bags to our veterans, overflowing with necessities and gift items.

This year has been very difficult for all of us as we continue to struggle through the impact of the pandemic.  The situation has also been extremely difficult for those veterans who live or receive treatment at the NVAMC. With concerns for their health and safety our veterans will not be permitted to receive traditional gifts items this holiday season.

While we cannot do the Gift Bag Program, we can still honor our Veterans and help bring them some holiday cheer.  This year the NVAMC has launched a Secret Soldier Santa Program. It is a revisualization of a program they have run for a number of years. In the past a party was held for veteran and military families in which Santa presented the children with age appropriate gifts. Since actual gifts are not permitted, gift cards (which can be sanitized) will be distributed to our veterans for use in purchasing gifts for their children. We are working to raise money to purchase these gift cards from major stores and your donations will help make this happen.

On Saturday, November 21st, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, the Scouts and our Junior Auxiliary members will be in the back outdoor section of Raindew (Manhasset) accepting monetary donations in a contactless manner.  All will be safely distanced and wearing personal protective clothing.  We will have an American Legion Auxiliary member who is a nurse stationed at the Raindew site to ensure adherence with safety measures.  We are very grateful to Raindew for their continued support of our veterans and the American Legion Auxiliary’s ongoing programs.  This is a very generous and patriotic gesture on their part.

Post 304 of the Manhasset American Legion, 27 Bayview Avenue, will also be open on Saturday, November 21st, from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm, to accept donations for this worthy cause.  There will be a totally contactless “Drive-By Donation” site in the parking lot and a “Walk-By Donation” site at the front door.

Donations may be made in cash or by check.  Checks should be made payable to American Legion Auxiliary and may be dropped off on November 21st or mailed to American Legion Auxiliary, 27 Bayview Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030.  American Legion Auxiliary Manhasset Unit 304 is a 501(c) (19) tax exempt organization.  All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Please join us in spreading cheer to those who have sacrificed so much in the service of our great nation and in the preservation of our freedoms.  Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our veterans.  May you each be blessed in abundance at this beautiful holiday season.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Pat O’Brien at 516-850-5702 or patobrien17@msn.com.

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VETERANS DAY

The American Legion Post 304 conducted a Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th at Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset.  Only the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary were invited to attend because of the pandemic.   However, two Boy Scouts played Taps.  All attending wore masks and remained socially distant.   ALA President Pat O’Brien was invited to read a portion of the ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Unit Secretary Diane Klein presented all Legionnaires with new patriotic face masks that she had sewn for them. We are grateful to all our men and women who served our great nation.

      

           

 

 

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NEWSLETTER 2

This Newsletter was created for your benefit and enjoyment during this period when we are still social distancing and wearing facemasks.  We hope you and your family are well and that we will soon be able to meet face-to-face.  Simply click on the link below.

Fall 2020 Newsletter

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NEWSLETTER

Please enjoy this Newsletter that was prepared specifically for this time when we are faced with the threat of Covid-19.  We hope you enjoy the information and find it beneficial to your time at home.  May you and your family remain safe and healthy.  Simply click on the link below.

Auxiliary Newsletter_053120

 

 

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Memorial Day Tributes

This was a very different Memorial Day from those past.  Only one of Brian Kenny’s floats was present.  No marchers came down Plandome Road.  No bands played.  No small children waving American Flags adorned the Parade route.  As New York began the process of re-opening from the pandemic, a small group from the American Legion Family and some residents of Manhasset gathered to remember those veterans who gave all in the service of our country and those veterans who are no longer with us.  Armed with gloves and masks, those present remained socially distant while listening to the introduction by Commander Peter Killian and to the reading of the names of those who had served in our Armed Forces but passed away since Memorial Day 2019.  Vice Commander James Brooks placed a wreath on the Gold Star Monument and Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas Buzzitta raised the Flags while Dennis Klainberg played Taps.  All then left in the manner they had arrived – with dignity and respect, acutely aware of the sacrifices that had been made.

Veterans of Manhasset American Legion Post 304

Members of Manhasset American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304

Commander Peter Killian began the ceremony and Chaplain James Sharkey read the names of veterans who had passed since May 2019

  Vice Commander James Brooks laid the Wreath

Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas Buzzitta raised the American Flag and the POW Flag as Dennis Klainberg played Taps 

Our Thanks to Brian Kenny for the beautiful Float

TAPS ACROSS AMERICA

The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States. It is especially poignant this year, given that our many remembrance ceremonies and parades will not take place because of the pandemic.

The 3 p.m. commemoration of those who died in service to the country includes taps played by anyone who has a bugle or trumpet.  The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off of work for the national holiday. The Moment was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year, and was put in law by the United States Congress in December 2000.

The Village of Plandome Heights hosted Taps Across America in Dennis Klainberg’s front yard.  Members of the community supported the beautiful tribute to our fallen Heroes and were grateful for the rendition of Taps performed by Dennis Klainberg, Rachel Sloan, and Michael Riscica.

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MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

Our Unit again supported the Medal of Honor recipients who were scheduled to be hosted at a dinner specifically to celebrate their exceptionally brave heroism during various wars.  We had the privilege of recognizing Lieutenant Harvey Barnum and Sergeant Gary Beikirch, who distinguished themselves during the Vietnam War, and Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, who distinguished himself during the War in Iraq.  With the support of our Junior members and contributions from Great Neck South High School, we sent each one a box containing homemade cards, sweat shirts, t-shirts, and box art that said, ”Heroes don’t wear capes.  They wear dog tags.”

              

            

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