May 10 Legion meeting
May 13 Auxiliary meeting
May 14 SAL meeting
May 24 Exec board
May 25 Memorial Day Parade
May 30 Kids' Fishing Derby
(for info go to EVENTS)
Brendan Michael Flannery 1950-2015
Brendan Michael Flannery of East Hampton passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at Middlesex Memorial Hospital.
Friends and family may call at Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street in East Hampton on Thursday, May 21, 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. A graveside memorial service, with Brendan's cousin Dr. Elaine Bloundin Mello officiating, will be held at the Swedish Cemetery, at the corner of William Street and High Street in Portland at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Memorial Day Parade/Ceremony
The Town of Marlborough, in conjunction with American Legion Post 197 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5095, will present the annual Memorial Day Parade/Ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 1:30 PM.
Special guests/speakers will include Representative Gayle Mulligan, Senator Cathy Osten and Marlborough 1st Selectmen Catherine D Gaudinski.
The bands participating will be the RHAM Middle and High School bands, the Colchester Continental Fife and Drum Corps and Ct Valley Field Music.
Some of the marching groups will include Marlborough Volunteer Fire Department, the National Guard, VFW Post 5095, American Legion Post 197, American Legion Auxiliary and SAL, Lion's Club, Anchor Lodge, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Marlborough Soccer Club and MYAL.
Parade Info – May 25, 2015:
The parade line-up will begin at 1:00 PM in the lower parking lot at the Elmer Thienes/Mary Hall School.
At the Four Corners (Rt. 66) take South Main Street (past Dunkin Donuts on left) to School Road (about ¼ mile).
Preliminary and Parade Route:
A brief ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM in the cemetery. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the parade will step off and proceed to So Main, crossing Rt. 66 to the Veterans' Monument at Town Hall.
At the end of the parade, all marching units are asked to form at their designated locations on the lawn of the Town Hall Park.
In case of inclement weather, the parade may be cancelled. That decision will be made at 1:30 PM.
* Adjutant Fred Schluntz, American Legion Post 197, calls for the opening selection “Star Spangled Banner” By RHAM Band directed by Nicholas Kokus.
* Chaplain delivers Invocation.
* Adjutant introduces Marlborough 1st Selectman Catherine D. Gaudinski
* Adjutant announces the “Washington Post March” by the RHAM Band.
* Adjutant introduces State Representative Gayle Mulligan.
* Adjutant announces Freedom Finale (arranged by Michael Story) by the RHAM Middle School directed by Kerrie Verrastro.
* Adjutant introduces State Senator Catherine Osten.
* Adjutant requests that the Memorial Wreath be placed on the Town Hall Veterans Monument.
* VFW Commander orders the Firing Squad to fire 3 volleys.
* Taps by RHAM Band.
* Adjutant announces “America the Beautiful” by RHAM Band.
* Chaplain delivers Benediction.
Kids' Fishing Derby - May 30
Sponsored by Post 197, Marlborough
Derby will be held on Emmons Golden Pond East Hampton, Saturday
May 30th (rain or shine) 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
For children up to 12 years of age (child must be accompanied by an adult).
$10.00 per pole, 3 fish limit. Tickets available at the Post Home, 128 East Hampton Rd, Marlborough (Rt. 66) or call 860-295-7810 for information.
Catch a tagged fish and win a prize!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, and soda will be available.
Also, worms will be sold at the site.
Post Hall Rentals
The hall at the Post is available to rent for
members and to the public.
It is ideal for parties, dinners, dances etc.
The hall holds 210 people, and can be decorated. Also, a private bar is available.
If you are interested in renting the hall for an event, contact the Post at 860-295-7810.
Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,
Throughout the year, we reflect back to the brothers and sisters we have lost while they served our nation in uniform. For many of us, especially at this time of the year, the memories come flooding back.
Perhaps our thoughts turn to a buddy with whom we served. Or a parent we only saw in photographs. For the Post-9/11 generation, Memorial Day may represent a friend who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation in the war on terrorism.
No matter our relationships to these heroes, we are indebted to them and their families every day of the year. With Memorial Day just around the corner, these individuals fill our hearts and minds. As Legionnaires, we serve our fellow veterans, military personnel, families and communities in tribute to our fallen.
We do this every day, but Memorial Day represents a time when all patriotic Americans join us in solemn tribute. Amid the somber services and tearful remembrances, we share our sense of pride, under the flag of our nation, signaling to the world the lengths to which we will go for the causes of freedom, liberty and democracy.
To The American Legion Family, it is up to us to remind all Americans that freedom is not free. There is a price for the liberties we enjoy. It is indeed more than a time for barbecues, picnics and mattress sales. It is like no other three-day weekend.
No matter your plans, or those of your friends and neighbors, I encourage you to lead or participate in remembrance and ceremonies in your communities at this time. Help your Legion post, Auxiliary unit or Sons squadron honor the fallen.
We can never, ever forget them.
For God and Country,
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
from the National Cmdr (pdf)
Monday, May 25 2015
Kate Smith sings God Bless America
(click to play)
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the
evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
If you are interested in
becoming a member, fill
out the form on the
"Contact Us" page and
indicate in the Comment
section that you are
interested. You will be
Membership Eligibility Requirements:
December 7, 1941 to Dec 31, 1946 (WW II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
Aug 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
Dec 20, 1989 to Jan 31, 1990 (Just Cause - Panama)
August 2, 1990 to today (Op Desert Shield/Storm)
Vets' Day Ceremony was held Nov. 9, at the Post.
May 17, 2014
The Ultimate Sacrifice:
A Memorial Day Poem
We set aside Memorial Day
Each and every year
To honor those who gave their lives
Defending what we hold dear.
In all the dark and deadly wars,
Their graves prove and remind us,
Our brave Americans gave their all
To put danger far behind us.
They made the ultimate sacrifice
Fighting for the American way;
We admire them and respect them
On every Memorial Day.
By Joanna Fuchs
A big thank you to the SAL and
Cmdr Brian Mensinger for their generous donations to the Post!
The American Legion Auxiliary was honored by the Americans for the Arts with the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award for the Auxiliary’s important work in helping veterans heal through the arts, most notably through the ALA’s co-sponsorship of the annual National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Americans for the Arts presented its prestigious National Arts Awards in New York City.