STAND DOWN

As is customary among the Nassau County American Legion Family, a Stand Down was held for veterans just prior to Thanksgiving.  The purpose is to provide food, clothing and information to struggling and homeless veterans on Long Island.  This was held at the Freeport Armory and was supported by our American Legion Auxiliary Unit, the Columbiettes of St. Mary’s and various members of the Manhasset community.  The veterans were provided with a hot Thanksgiving dinner at the Stand Down.

Thank you to everyone who made this event so successful.  Several hundred veterans received assistance.

 

Pat O’Brien, President (far left), and Elizabeth Parrella, VP and Treasurer (far right),with 2 Junior members and friends who packed items for the Stand Down

Elizabeth Parrella, VP and Treasurer of Manhasset Unit 304, is joined at the Stand Down by 2 members of the Columbiettes from St. Mary’s Church

Our 2 Columbiettes at the Stand Down with members of different Auxiliaries within Nassau County

 

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100th Anniversary Celebration

Pictures from 100th Anniversary Celebration

November 16, 2019

Auxiliary Junior Members (in blue t-shirts) with senior members (flag scarves), receiving certificates of recognition from NY State Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (left center) and Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey (right center), presented on behalf of Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth; Unit 304 President Pat O’Brien is in center.

Auxiliary Junior members (in blue t-shirts) with senior members Pat O’Brien, Unit 304 President (center) and Elizabeth Parrella, Unit 304 1st Vice President & Treasurer (left)

Certificates of Appreciation that were presented by Manhasset Unit 304 at the 100th Anniversary celebration

Certificate of Appreciation presented by Unit 304 President Pat O’Brien to Columbiette and Unit 304 member Mary Ann Canfield; Unit 304 member Martha Brincat also pictured

Unit 304 President Pat O’Brien and Greg LiCalzi of the Ace in the Hole Foundation, which was created to honor the memory of Greg’s brother, 1st Lt. Mike LiCalzi

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Raindew; Unit 304 members Elizabeth Parrella, President Pat O’Brien and Jan Cuomo

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OKTOBERFEST

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary were joined by the American Legion and friends for an afternoon celebrating both Oktoberfest and the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary.  We all agreed we need to have this much fun more often!

 

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American Legion Auxiliary Turns 100 Years Old

Unit 304 is happy to announce that November 10, 2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Our milestone celebration comes a few months after The American Legion celebrated its centennial in March.

The American Legion was founded after the end of World War I in Paris, France. In September of that year, the United States Congress chartered The American Legion. Several women’s organizations wanted to become the official affiliate of the Legion. Instead of associating with an existing organization, the Legion decided to create a new organization with the women most closely associated with the men of the Legion. The American Legion Auxiliary was founded at The American Legion’s second convention on Nov. 10, 1919.

Since their establishments a century ago, the goals of both organizations have been to help veterans and their families. Today, The American Legion has more than 2 million members. The ALA boasts more than 600,000 members who spend millions of volunteer hours serving our mission every year.

The American Legion Auxiliary has stood alongside The American Legion as advocates for veterans’ rights, including passage of the GI Bill, enhancing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, and ending homelessness among veterans.

The ALA’s 100th anniversary is a time not only to celebrate the achievements of the last
century, but also to look ahead to our next century.  A new generation of veterans, service members, and their families will depend on the American Legion Auxiliary.

It is our hope that our membership will increase as we continue the work that is so important for our Veterans, our Military and their families.

The following article appeared in the Manhasset Press.

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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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