Veterans Monument has an inspired past

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Webmaster's Note: Dear Reader, the following article was written in 2009 and published in Merrick Life. The article is a dated, but I wanted to include it in our blog section because it gives you an insight into the Merrick's Veteran Memorial Park. In 2011, a 9-11 memorial was built at the Park to a mark the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 and pay tribute to the heroes who lost/risked their lives on that fateful day.

A green manicured 400-foot triangle of land on Merrick Avenue and Little Whaleneck Road has become a peaceful and meaningful addition to the landscape of our town.

The Veterans Memorial Park was the inspiration of veteran Walter Ellensohn, and with the dedication of this one man along with the American Legion Post 1282, the North Merrick Firefighters, organizations and officeholders, the site in 10 years has been embraced by the community. It is a place to honor those who served and are serving and where "their names liveth for evermore."

Yeoman Bill Hallern lives though Pearl Harbor

By Laura Schofer

Webmaster's Note: Dear Reader, the following article is from November of 2011, it is about our Post member and Pearl Harbor survivor, Irving William Halleran. Our friend Bill Halleran passed away on December 9, 2011. Bill's wife, Rosemary, is an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary Merrick Unit 1282 at the Post.

"They just kept coming."

That's how Bill Hallern of Merrick described the bombing of the U.S. Naval bast at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese fighter planes on the morning of December 7, 1941.

Post 1282, devoted to service

By Linda Delmonico-Prussen

Webmaster's Note: Dear Reader, this article is dated, Vincent J. Gabrielle was our Post Commander from 2001 to 2005, however, the article gives insights into what this organization is about and the activities that we are involved in. Therefore, I have decided to include this article on our blog page.

American Legion Post 1282 lies in the center of Merrick's Road's bustling business district in Merrick, and amid the swirl of cars pulling into and out of the various shops, fast-food eateries and gas stations, one might overlook the post building.

It is a humble, but neatly-kept gray house that, like Post 1282's members, doesn't scream for attention, but enjoys a long, proud history.

Past Commander Bob Wieboldt said that, over the years, the post has played an enormous role in the lives of veterans, helping them to get back on their feet once home from war or military service. "We needed to have a place to meet for all veterans to discuss their problems and do good work for veterans and their families," he said.

Merrick Legion Post 1282, as I remember

By Jake J. Bohn

Editor's Note: The following is account of how Merrick American Legion Post 1282, formed in the words of one of its founders, 94-year old John J. Bohn.

In the beginning there wasn't a veteran's organization in the Merricks. It was a community of people working together of respect and dedication. The population at the end of World War II was a mere 25,000.

Yes, I could be wrong, but when I was a young boy around 1915, I believe the population was something like 12,000. But after WWII, The Merricks grew like every other community on Long Island. It is now perhaps a city in some respects with a population of some 45,000. I would love to go back to the 1930s when you could walk the Merrick Village and know every storekeeper and every other person shopping in Merrick. Merrick was just a step above a whistle stop for the Long Island Rail Road. We had a nice railroad station house, small but quaint.

After WWII, some of the veterans wanted an organization and a place to meet.