|On August 18th 56 people attended a pleasant afternoon BBQ at
|Cmdr John Giacomini took a few minutes to recap our busy
year of accomplishments and then introduced Sue and
James Regan, the parents of Beth Regan, a very special
young lady. Beth had befriended a USMC WWII Raider at a
local nursing home. When this veteran, who had no living
relatives, passed on, she was afraid that he would have no
one attend his funeral. Beth made a plea through the
internet for people to come and honor this WWII veteran.
Thanks to her efforts over 200 people attended. Fire
Departments draped US flags from their ladder trucks over
the street, NYPD officers carried the casket into the church,
and a US Marine Corps detail folded the flag and presented it
|Cmdr Knapp recognized Past Post Commander Al Laughlin for his
tireless work and numerous job titles in keeping everything running in
|Cmdr Giacomini reads the details of Beth's efforts to honor
this WWII Marine. Beth's Dad can be seen using his phone
to 'FaceTime' the presentation live to Beth who was working
in North Carolina and was unable to attend.
|Our Yorktown Post presented the Department of New York
American Legion's Red, White, and Blue Award' to Beth for
her wonderful act in honoring this veteran.
|Our Yorktown Post also presented Beth with our first-ever
Liborio 'Lee' DeFrancesco Award and a check for $500 for
her efforts in honoring this WWII veteran.
|Post member Ed Donovan and his wife, Marie are pictured
here with Cmdr. John Giacomini and Sue and James Regan.
Ed and Marie submitted Beth for recognition by The
American Legion. The Donovans were instrumental in
having an award named after Post Legionnaire Liborio "Lee"
DeFrancesco and funded the endowment of the award.
Thank you Ed and Marie!