One Less American Flag flies

The following correspondence is a letter written by 2nd Vice Commander Frank D. Pedagno to the New York State Department of Parks & Recreation, Long Island State Park Region, concerning the Jones Beach Air Show for 2019. Courtesy of 2nd Vice Commander Frank D. Pedagno.

New York State Department of Parks and Recreation
Long Island State Park Region
Permit Office
P.O. Box 247
Babylon, N.Y. 11702-0247
Re: Permit # 19-0287

Dear Sir,

We request a refund for the $50 fee; paid by the Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, for Permit #: 19-0287.

For the past four years, Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, has attended the Memorial Day air show at Jones Beach and distributed American Flags free of charge to attendees at the show.  We do this to promote Patriotism and Americanism.  Our organization always set up a small tent; table and chairs from with to distribute American flags.  We usually distribute about 1500 flags at this event.

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Boys State Update 4-22-2019

The Post approved the designation of 3 delegates to Boys State this year, the delegates names are  Conor Andrews, Thomas Grank and Marc Edayadi.  All delegates reside in Merrick and have met all criteria.  The cost to the Post was $1250 ince Nassau County coordinator Bill Laderer agreed to use a donation of $100 from the Lynbrook Post to defray our total registration coast.  The kickoff/orientation for Boys State will take place at the Gen Head Post on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.  I plan to attend.

Frank D. Pedagno, Second Vice Commander

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Tentative Memorial Day Ceremony Pamphlet 2019

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Boys State Update 3-25-2019

 On March 18, 2019, I submitted to Boy’s State Nassau County Chairman Bill Laderer completed packages of two delegates, Conor Andrews and Thomas Frank. A thank you letter was sent to School Counselor Brian Resnick of Calhoun High School on March 19, 2019.

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and email contact was received at the Post form Marc Edayadi, a junior at Calhoun who is interested in attending Boys State. I contacted Marc and after speaking with him I did some investigation and learned that Marc is a perfect student with a grade point average of 100, he is active in student government, writes for the student newspaper, plays in both the jazz and marching bands, plays on the badminton team and served as an intern in the local re-election campaign of State Senator John Brooks. I spoke with Jim O’Neil and set up an interview with Marc and his parents. On Friday, March 22, 2019, Post member Al Garbarino and I met with Marc and his parents and determined that he is an exceptional young man and fully qualifies for Boys state. We explained that while our Post had already chosen delegates to sponsor for Boys State, we could submit his name to Nassau County as an alternate. I gave him all the instructions and asked for them to be returned by Friday, March 29, 2019.

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