Wreaths across America 2020

For the seveth year, the American Legion Auxiliary, Merrick Unit 1282, will be sponsoring “Wreaths across America”, a Non-Profit organization begun in 1992 by a business man in Maine. The cost of these Wreaths is $15 each. These wreaths will be placed upon the graves of Veterans who have gallantly served our country. The wreaths will be placed at the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York, on December 19, 2020 at 11:30 am. Anyone interested in volunteering to help place these wreaths, please contact Auxiliary member Toni Uberti at 516-868-9403 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would like to purchase a wreath, please make your check out to “Wreaths across America” and mail to Merrick Post 1282, American Legion, at 160 West Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566. The cutoff date to purchase a wreath is November 23, 2020. Thank you.

Information on veteran named Harry J. Schmitt

(the following article is information the Post received via email)

Subject: I hope to contact men who served in my uncle;s 98th FIS

Hello, I write to you as someone whose uncle died while serving in the Air Force in 1958. I am an experienced historian who is writing a book on my uncle and hope communicate by phone, email or via correspondence with men who served in my uncle’s 98th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. I have been advised by a retired Air Force officer I interviewed that the only chance I have of interviewing men who served in the squadron would be to contact American Legion Posts located near Air Force Bases where the squadron was stationed. I was told that Air Force officers often retire near where they last served. Since the 98th was stationed at Suffolk County Air Force Base I have emailed you in the hope that you may be able to tell me if any members of your post served in the 98th and would be willing to communicate with me.

Please allow me to tell you a little about my uncle, Harry J. Schmitt. He graduated from the Queens College, New York Air Force ROTC program and received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on June 20, 1956.

In Memoriam - Frank DePergola

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Frank DePergola
 May 11, 1932 to April 3, 2020

Dear Post Members, on Friday, April 3, 2020, Post member, Frank DePergola, passed away and reported to Post Everlasing. Frank DePergola, was a kind and gentle man. I first met Frank, at our Post meetings and he would also help the American Legion during their veteran fund rasing drive at the old Holmers Service Station in Merrick (now the B.P. service station) during the month of May. I got to know more about Frank DePergola, when he was the Grand Marshall for the Merrick's Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Memorial Day of 2013 (i.e. 5/27/2013). Post member Frank DePergola will be sorely missed.

 

Change in March 2020 Post Meetings

Dear Post members due to the corona virus the Post Executive and General Membership meetings at the Post for the Month of March 2020 will be held on Monday, March 30, 2020 starting at 8:00 p.m.