Empire Girls State Citizens Attend Meeting of Unit 304

Four of the six young women who represented Manhasset Unit 304 at Empire Girls State this year attended the meeting held by Unit 304 on September 17th.  Each of them spoke of their experiences during the week spent at Brockport in which they gained an in-depth knowledge of our nation’s two-party system through very hands-on activities.  They created a fictional 51st state. were members of counties named for women who are prominent in United States history, ran for office, created bills that were presented to the body of 360 young women, and learned the fate of their bills in the legislature.  Each spoke very highly of the program and of the other young women they met from throughout New York State.  They stressed that the knowledge about government will aid them as they reach voting age and beyond and the self-knowledge they gained will carry them through their lives.

Left to Right:  Pat O’Brien (President, Unit 304), Linda Clarke and Ann Marie Moschitta (Co-Chairpersons for Empire Girls State), EGS Citizens Emily Song and Jenna Curran (St. Mary’s High School), EGS Citizens Caroline Ryan and Sofia Matos (Manhasset High School), and Elizabeth Parrella ( 1st Vice President and Treasurer, Unit 304)

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Memorial Day Weekend

A Memorial Service is held on a rotating basis in a Church in Manhasset each year on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Members of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary participated together with members of the Congregational Church in this joint remembrance.  A gathering followed the service in one of the Church’s rooms and refreshments were served.  Anyone from the Manhasset community may attend.

Some members of Unit 304 wait with Post 304 Legionnaires for the start of the Service at the Congregational Church Memorial Day

Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day Parade which is sponsored by the American Legion annually in Manhasset took place as scheduled.  One member provided and drove her award-winning Cobra Mustang for the Poppy Queen in the Parade.  Others marched and attended the memorial service.  Following the Parade, a memorial service was held, wreaths were placed at monuments, the names of those veterans who have died during the year were read, and awards were given to high school students.  A celebration followed at the American Legion Hall for all American Legion and Auxiliary members and their families, for our active service personnel and for community members.

Awaiting the start of the Parade

Junior members in their new uniforms carry the new banner of Unit 304 in the Parade.  A Junior and Senior member form the Color Guard accompanied by an SAL member with their new Banner and a Junior member with their new Banner.  Senior members march behind.

Manhasset High School Sophomore and Honorary Junior Auxiliary President for Unit 304, Kaitlyn Clarke, served as our Poppy Queen in this year’s Memorial Day Parade

Pat O’Brien, President, addresses the attendees at the Memorial Service and Awards Ceremony at Manhasset High School

Pat O’Brien, President, and Elizabeth Parrella, 1st Vice Presiddent, present Manhasset High School senior, Abigail Kolyer, with the American Legion Auxiliary Good Deed Award for her work with senior citizens suffering from dementia.

Pat and Elizabeth with the awardees for 2019 (in no particular order): Poppy Queen, Kaitlyn Clarke; EGS Citizens, Caroline Ryan and Sofia Matos of Manhasset High School and Jenna Curran and Francene Olegario of St. Mary’s High School; Americanism Award recipients, Kristin D’Angelo of Manhasset High School and Rachel Jang of St. Mary’s High School; and Abigail Kolyer, Good Deed awardee

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Support of Our Veterans – Welcome Baby Tea

The Junior Auxiliary worked with our senior members to create 26 Diaper Cakes and 32 wash cloth Teddy Bears for the “Welcome Baby Tea” held for 24 female veterans who had just given birth or were due to give birth in the near future. This was sponsored by the Women’s Wellness Center at the Northport VA Medical Center on May 16th.


Members shopped and met to package gifts for the “Welcome Baby Tea.” These consisted of a stroller, Pac ‘n Play, bath robes for the Moms, diapers, onesies, baby wipes, Desitin, baby shampoo, thermometers, handmade blankets and sweater sets donated by our partner “Care to Knit,” and pacifiers.  Personal gift items were also provided for the “Moms to Be.”  A local troop of Brownies created “cupcake socks” by folding baby socks and placing them in cupcake papers to make them look like real cupcakes.  All items were brought to the Northport VA Medical Center (NVAMC) for the Welcome Baby Tea which was fabulous.  The “Moms to Be” were given lunch in addition to the many gifts.  There was also a program given by the different departments within the NVAMC.  They centered around care after birth, breast feeding and proper nutrition.  The prosthesis department gave the ‘Moms to Be” breast pumps and the nutrition department gave them recipes for healthy eating along with a sample of a healthy snack made from oatmeal.  It was a wonderful day.

Joan Deignan, Dale Telmer, Marianne Buzzitta and Sue Neville (2nd Vice President) were part of the team shopping and packing gifts for our female veterans.  Sue served as the liaison with the Women’s Wellness Center.  


A conference room was transformed into a beautiful setting for a beautiful event.

We thank everyone who supported this particular project.  We are also very grateful to all those who make donations to us throughout the year.  Your generosity enables us to provide support, not only for this event, but for our veterans all year long.


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Junior American Legion Auxiliary

Unit 304 proudly announces the formation of its Junior Auxiliary.  Girls from birth to the end of their 17th year may become members if they meet the organization’s criteria.  The girls assist the American Legion Auxiliary with projects, elect their own honorary officers, and conduct their own meetings with the assistance of senior members.

Some of the girls are seen below with their newly selected uniform.  They chose a shirt that was created by Spectrum of Port Washington.

Our Junior members assisted in the preparation and distribution of Poppies.  All donations received are used for the support of veterans and active military.


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Empire Girls State Citizens Leave for Brockport

An excited group of young women who were honored at our Memorial Day Ceremony left from the Williston Post this morning to begin their week-long adventure at Empire Girls State.  President Pat O’Brien and Vice President and Treasurer Elizabeth Parrella were among those wishing the young women a safe journey and a productive week.

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Memorial Day Parade

The American Legion Auxiliary members joined the American Legion in commemorating Memorial Day by marching and riding in the Parade and participating in the ceremony at the Manhasset High School afterwards.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered the use of their convertibles and also to those who served as our drivers.  Our Poppy Queen, Kristin D’Angelo, represented our ideals of patriotism and service.



























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Memorial Weekend Church Service

On Sunday, May 27, members of American Legion Post 304 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 304 were invited to share Sunday morning services with the congregation of  Church of Our Savior Lutheran.  The Pastor and members were very welcoming and paid a beautiful tribute to the service of our veterans.



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The weekend of May 19th and the days leading up to the Memorial Day Parade were busily  filled with the distribution of Poppies.  Two members who continue to be outstanding in their efforts are unofficially dubbed Unit 304’s “Poppy Queens.”   The dynamic Parrella team could be seen all over town soliciting donations to help support our Veterans and our active military who give and have given so much for the cause of freedom.  Thank you, Florence and Elizabeth, for your outstanding work in support of our Veterans.  Thank you also to all our other members and friends who raised money for this cause.  We also thank very specially all of neighbors and friends who gave so generously in support of our men and women who have served or who are serving our great nation.  Our gratitude abounds for the management of Raindew who always support our many efforts for our veterans.

Vice President & Treasurer Elizabeth Parrella and Chaplain Florence Parrella at Raindew

The heat did not deter Florence who could be found outside King Kullen and the Post Office 

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Support for our Medal of Honor Recipients

Janine Stange, known as the “National Anthem Girl” because she completed her goal of singing our nation’s National Anthem in all 50 states, requested our assistance again to flood the living Medal of Honor Recipients with cards and letters when they attend a luncheon in their honor in March.  Our Unit participated in honoring the 75 recipients last year and was proud to do it again.  Unfortunately, the number is now at 71.  Our Unit sought the assistance of the local Boy and Girl Scouts, a Daisy Troop, the high school students and a nursery school class and sent them 132 handmade cards and letters, 3 signed Boy Scout troop hats and 3 plaques for the 3 heroes we were given to honor.  Pictures have started to appear on Facebook under Janine Stange.  More will follow.  Following the luncheon, Janine Stange sent us two signed photos with a thank you message for our participation.  One hangs in the American Legion Hall and the other was presented to the nursery school class who also received an American Legion Auxiliary Certificate of Appreciation and American Flags.  They have proudly displayed these outside their classroom for all to see.





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Poppy Posters and Wreath

As Memorial Day approaches our young members and friends prepared by creating beautiful posters and a wonderful wreath using the Poppy as a theme.  Many thanks to Kaitlyn, Kelly and Martin Clarke for their posters and to Madison and Paige Governale for their wreath.  All were entered into a contest sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York.





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