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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The selected citizens for Empire Girls State from Nassau County attended an orientation on April 28th conducted by MaryAnn Busa, President of the Nassau County Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary, Sonja Neal, Empire Girls State Chairperson for the Nassau County Committee of the American Legion Auxiliary, and Jennifer and Mary Farley from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York. The young women attended with their parents to learn about the details of the program. They also spent time getting to know each other as they prepare for their trip to Empire Girls State on July 1. Manhasset Unit 304 was proud to host the orientation.
Empire Girls State citizens with Mary Farley, MaryAnn Busa and Sonja Neal.
Elizabeth Parrella and Pat O’Brien with some of Manhasset’s citizens.
On April 14th, President Pat O’Brien and Vice President and Treasurer Elizabeth Parrella attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jason Cuomo and presented him with a Certificate and gift from Unit 304. Jason chose the Veterans History Project to enable him to become an Eagle Scout. As the result of his work and that of those who assisted him, the stories of some of our living Veterans who so bravely served our country will be forever preserved in our nation’s Library of Congress.
Unit 304 hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 3rd. Much of the town was still recuperating from Friday’s storm and some were still without heat and electricity. Those who attended enjoyed the festivities including Irish music, a catered dinner, ample refreshments, and homemade desserts. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.
On Wednesday, January 3, Ines Basso Glick , the Founder and Executive Director of Care to Knit, served as Guest Speaker at the monthly meeting of Manhasset American Legion Post 304. Care to Knit has been a long-time friend of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. For the past several years, Care to Knit members have knit and crocheted hundreds of beautiful blankets for our veterans at both the Northport and Bronx VA Medical Centers. In addition, they have donated their handmade blankets to donors and recipients of organ transplants, a tradition they began at the Northport VA Medical Center. They also knit baby hats and booties for hospitals and shelters. What was once a small local organization has grown into a very generous national group.
In recognition of their great work, Commander Peter Killian presented Ines Glick with a donation to assist Care to Knit in carrying out its work. Elizabeth Parrella, Vice President and Treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary, presented Ms. Glick with a Certificate of Appreciation for their assistance to our veterans. Ms. Glick also made a presentation, a red, white and blue blanket commemorating all the love that has gone into their work supporting our men and women who have served our nation.
Commander Peter Killian presents donation to Ines Basso Glick
Vice President and Treasurer, Elizabeth Parrella, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Ines Basso Glick
Ines presents a red, white and blue blanket to Elizabeth and Peter