The Legion Act

Congress and the White House agree to expand definition of war eras to include all who served since Dec. 7, 1941.

More than 1,600 members of the U.S. Armed Forces were killed or wounded in periods of time not designated as war eras since the end of World War II. The newly signed Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act of 2019 – The LEGION Act – honors those veterans, their spouses and descendants, extending membership eligibility in The American Legion Family to hundreds of thousands who had previously been excluded.

The LEGION Act offers American Legion membership eligibility to any U.S. military veteran who served at least one day of active military duty since Dec. 7, 1941, and was honorably discharged or is serving now. The act also affects membership in the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, expanding eligibility for those groups, as well.

Thank you to Post members for renewing their 2020 membership

Dear Reader, the following correspondence is a letter from Post 1st Vice President Richard A. Mecabe to Post members thanking them for renewing their membership for the 2020 American Legion Fiscal Year. Courtesy of Post 1st Vice President Richard A. Mecabe.

Dear Legionnaire,

Your 2020 membership card (July 1 – June 30) is enclosed. Thank you for renewing your membership and for your continued support.

By renewing your membership, we are able to continue supporting fellow veterans in need. Throughout the year, we hosted a barbeque and visited the veterans for the holidays from the Veterans’ Nursing Homes in Stony Brook and Northport. We have also assisted in the Veteran Stand-Downs for homeless veterans and we have contributed to Scholarship awards, Boy’s State Program, and have given many Citizenship Awards. This is only a few of our accomplishments.

Veterans Appreciation Day Barbecue/Luncheon 2019

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Merrick Post No. 1282, American Legion, members will again host a luncheon/barbecue for a group of disabled Veterans from the Stony Brook and Northport Veterans Nursing Home. This event will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. We are trying to get donations from local merchants and banks in our area to support this event. Letters will be sent out to invite local area politicians and Nassau County America Legion officials to join in welcoming these Veterans from the Stony Brook and Northport Veterans Nursing Home. Post members, please take an active role in making this event a memorable one. Post members who want to participate in this event please gather at the Post at 11:00 a.m. Thank you.

Frank D. Pedagno, Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon Chairman

Nassau County Veterans Service Agency Events in 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., "Island Trees Middle School Veterans Memorial Visit"
Eisenhower Park, Veterans Memorial Plaza, Field 6

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., "Wall of Honor Ceremony"
Eisenhower Park, Veterans Memorial Plaza, Field 6 - A Tribute to County Veterans

Contact: Nick Graziano at 516 at 516-225-5112

Saturday, June 23, 2019, "TD Bank Fire Works Show and Concert"
Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Theatre, Gates Open 4:00 p.m. (Rain Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019)

Contact Cindy Gillen at 516-572-0396

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., "Nassau County Veterans Service Agency: "Veterans Summer Stand Down"
Location: Freeport Armory, 63 Babylon Turnpike, Freeport, NY 11520
Contact: Ralph Esposito at 516-572-6565

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 to September 1, 2019, "Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall - The Wall that Heals"

Sponsor of the Walls: "Heroes Among Us Organization"
Field 2 - Eisenhower Park
Contact: Ralph Esposito at 516-572-6565