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