Commander's Corner
          
    12/11/2017

                    How quickly the months pass nowadays.  Of course, when you are
    always busy the time seems to fly even more!  Our Yorktown Post continues
    with a furious pace of operations.  We continued our long tradition of
    opening the Yorktown Grange Fair after Labor Day with a flag-raising
    ceremony.  Our Post manned a table at the annual Field Home Fall Festival a
    few weeks later.  We were invited to provide a Color Guard for the
    dedication of a part of Rt-118 in Yorktown for Maj. Carpenter, US Army, who
    was killed in training accident.  Later that month we conducted our 11th
    annual Montrose VA Food Pantry Collection at the two local ACME
    Supermarkets.  The proceeds collected help those veterans in our community
    that rely on the pantry to survive.  Also in September, the Town of Yorktown
    asked our Post members to lower the flags at Town Hall's flagpoles as they
    were removed for a construction project to install handicapped parking
    there.  We were happy to assist.  On December 7, 2017, the anniversary of the
    attack on Pearl Harbor, our Yorktown Post members joined members of the
    Yorktown VFW Post to re-activate the three new flagpoles in front of Town
    Hall.  We then activated the 7 new flagpoles in the adjacent Patriot's Park.  
    The town installed the old flagpole in the center for the US flag and placed 6
    additional poles to fly the flags of the five branches of the military services
    and one for the Merchant Marines who served in WWII.
             Veterans Day weekend was also a busy one for our Post.  We marched
    in the Shrub Oak Veterans Day Parade, attended the ceremonies at Town
    Hall and the Jefferson Village Complex.  We also travelled out to Purdy's to
    visit the veterans living in the Salem Hills and Waterview Rehabilitation
    facilities.  Closing the week of events we travelled over to the Mt Kisco Post
    #136 where NYS Sen. Terrence Murphy inducted our Post's Chaplain Tom
    Einwich into the 40th District's Veterans Hall of Fame!  Congratulations
    Tom!  A richly deserved honor for you and all your work you do for our Post.
             If that wasn't enough... on November 11, 2017 the National Adjutant
    issued a charter for our brand new Sons of the American Legion Squadron
    #1009!  This was a long process to get the interest and members organized
    but we now have a new unit to help us with our work in the community!  
    Congratulations to our new Sons members and we ask everyone to help
    make them feel a welcome part of our Post family!  
             To all our Yorktown Post #1009 members... enjoy a peaceful and safe
    Holiday Season!  Feel the pride in YOUR wonderful Post, its membership,
    and its accomplishments.  If you are a veteran in our Yorktown area and not a
    member of our Post, come down and try us on for size.  New faces bring new
    ideas and quickly become great friends with our merry bunch of
    Legionnaires!
                                                                                   
                                                                                          John D. Giacomini
                                                                                                         Commander
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