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Luncheons for Veterans at FDR VA Hospital in Montrose NY 

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and it has challenged our American Legion Post to find ways we can still proactively support veterans in our community. In normal times we would host ward parties at our post and at the hospital, during which we would provide lunch and entertainment and camaraderie for veterans receiving treatment at the hospital. But the protective measures being taken at the hospital preclude those types of interactions.

But that hasn't prevented us from letting the veterans know that we are thinking of and care about them. Starting in May our post has been sponsoring a luncheon, typically once a month, so the veterans get to relax and enjoy some special food they don't normal receive. This ranges from simple pizza luncheons up to hot catered Italian meals. These veterans, who are in treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have sacrificed so much for our country. The members of the Perry Post are thankful we are still able to support and boost the morale of these vets.

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Wednesday November 11th, 2020

Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony Service 

We held a modified version of our annual Veterans Day Service, which despite the changes was very well attended by our community. To protect the health and safety of our members and guests we held the ceremony outdoors behind our post. The weather cooperated, with temperatures above 60 and the rain holding off until later in the day. We had at least ~40 participants including a good number of Perry Post Legionnaires and Auxiliary Members. The service recognized the 102nd anniversary of the signing of the armistice between the Allied Powers and Germany that ended World War 1. During the service we paid tribute to all military veterans from all wars, along with their families, for their sacrifices that continue to make possible the liberty and freedom we have in this great country of ours.

Our service also included a remembrance of those Perry Post members that passed away over the past year, a dignified disposal ceremony for flags being retired from the graves of veterans, a tribute to our Perry Post World War II members still with us, and a recognition of those legionnaires that have achieved significant milestones in their Legion membership. Please come join us for next year's service.

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Saturday November 7th, 2020

Food and New Clothing Drive 

We held a combination food drive and new clothing drive to serve two urgent needs in our community.  Thanks to the generosity of our members, other American Legion Posts in Rockland County and our local community, our drive was a great success.

We raised over $1,100 worth of non-perishable food which was then donated to the People to People Food Panty in Nanuet NY. Given all of the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the pantry has experienced a large surge in demand. Our food donation has helped address that need.

We also raised over $2,300 worth of new clothing which was donated to the FDR VA Hospital in Montrose NY. Protective measures in place at the hospital prevent donations of used items, so new clothing items are very much in demand. We brought them seven boxes and two large bags of new clothing, which included sweatshirts, sweatpants, shirts, pants, undergarments, socks, hats and many other items.

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Saturday January 18th, 2020

Montrose VA Hospital Ward Party

Our post braved a bad weather forecast to hold our annual January (post-holiday season) luncheon with veterans being treated for PTSD at the hospital. Numerous members of our post packed up, brought over and served a luncheon for about 25 veterans. The luncheon included many platters of sandwiches, hot lasagna, salads, home baked desserts and soft drinks. We provided a professional magician as entertainment after the luncheon. And then when leaving each veteran received a gift bad with hand crocheted blankets, embroidered sweatshirts, crossword / wordfind books, snacks and many other items.  We had a great time hosting the event and everyone enjoyed the good time and camaraderie. And despite some fairly heavy snow, everyone made it safely home.

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COVID-19 Cancellations - to protect everyone's health and safety, the pandemic controls brought many event cancellations to 2020. Thie cancellations included the Memorial Day Parade and Services, our June BBQ and numerous other events and social get-togethers. Let's hope things go better in 2021.

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Monday November 11th, 2019

Veterans Day Remembrance Service 

We held our annual Veterans Day Service, which was very well attended by our community. We had at least 70 participants including a large number of Perry Post Legionnaires and Auxiliary Members. The service recognized the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice between the Allied Powers and Germany that ended World War 1. During the service we paid tribute to all military veterans from all wars, along with their families, for their sacrifices that continue to make possible the liberty and freedom we have in this great country of ours.

Our service also included a remembrance of those Perry Post members that passed away over the past year, a dignified disposal ceremony for flags being retired from the graves of veterans, a tribute to our Perry Post World War II members still with us, a recognition of those legionnaires that have achieved significant milestones in their Legion membership, and special recognition awards presented to select post members. Please come join us for next year's service.

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Sundays October 20th & November 3rd, 2019

Annual Turkey Shoot 

We held our annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser on the ball field across Route 340 from the post. Despite rain forcing an early end to the Oct. 20th shoot and rain pushing our 2nd day to Nov. 3rd, our shoot still drew a good crowd.  We raised over $3K which will be used for support to veterans being treated at the FDR VA Hospital in Montrose NY.  We really enjoyed seeing so many members of the community turn out for this event, and especially enjoy seeing so many familiar faces, people who support this fundraiser year after year.

Thank you to all the members of the community that turned out for this event, to our event sponsors (see our Proud Sponsors page), and all the members of the John M. Perry Post 1044 American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary that worked so hard to make this event a success.  Please come join us again next year!

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Saturday December 8th, 2018

Perry Post Holiday Dinner 

The Perry Post gathered for a fun, enjoyable afternoon before the pace of the Holidays got too hectic. We had a good selection of appetizers, and a very broad selection of catered hot food followed by lots of cake and cookies. No one went hungry as our Legion Family took time out to relax together and strengthen our bonds of friendship. We all have worked very hard over the 2018 calendar year to fulfill our mission to supporting veterans and our local community. Every now and then it becomes necessary to take time out to just relax with each other.

The event was great, there was an abundance of food, and there were plenty of smiles and laughs to go around. Hopefully we'll have a chance to do it again next year, and if you didn't make it in 2018 come join us in 2019.

And I would be remiss if I didn't point out that once again the event was a success thanks to a huge amount of help from 1st Vice Commander Whitey Aamodt, his girlfriend Allison Allen, and Legion Auxiliary President Kathy Mart.  All three of them worked tirelessly to help set up, keep things moving, and clean up afterwards. Many other members of the Perry Post Auxiliary were also a big help from beginning to end.

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John Marder Perry 100th Memorial Anniversary Service

Saturday July 28th, 2018

Location - Baseball field across from John M. Perry American Legion Post 1044, 691 Rt. 340, Sparkill NY
Purpose - Recognizing the 100th anniversary of John Marder Perry’s sacrifice
in defense of liberty during World War I

Please see our flyer for this special service.
Link to John M. Perry 100th Memorial Anniversary Service flyer

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Perry Post Annual BBQ

Saturday June 23rd, 2018

Update - we had great weather and an outstanding turn out for our annual post BBQ.  Included in the event were scholarship presentations to our Joe Rosen Scholarship recipients. There was a large selection of food, including catered ribs and chicken from Bailey's Roadhouse in Blauvelt. Everyone did their part by bringing their appetites and eating their fair share. And congratulations to the door prize winners who went home with Legion T-shirts. Great job to all that worked so hard to make this event so successful!

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Scout Cookout / Flag Retirement Ceremony

Saturday June 16th, 2018

Update - we held a very successful event on the 16th. Had a very good turnout from our local scouting community and great support from our post's Legionnaires and Auxiliary. And the weather was spectacular as well. Thanks to all who helped set up, attend or otherwise help to make this event the success it was. Congratulations for event Chairman, and post Sergeant-at-Arms, Frank Letizia, Jr.!

See the Events Calendar for more info.

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Sunday February 11th, 2018

Perry Post Chili Cook-off 

For those of you who couldn’t make it, the Perry Post held a fun chili cook-off on Sunday February 11th.  An idea proposed by both 1st Vice Commander Whitey Aamodt and Buildings & Grounds Chair Al Kanze, this event allowed our Perry Post American Legion Family to gather for food, fun and friends.  Whitey Aamodt did a great job chairing the event, complete with chili pepper tablecloths, and it wasn’t long before participants had morphed the Bud Light “dilly dilly” line into “chili chili”.

We had five contestants compete for best chili, with scoring based on criteria such as aroma, flavor, thickness, hotness and aftertaste.  The scores were close but Frank Letizia, Sergeant-at-Arms for the Perry Post, walked away with the bragging rights and $50 prize money.  Congratulations go to all the contestants who made excellent chili that warmed our mouths and filled our stomachs. The contestants were Whitey Aamodt, Al Kanze, Frank Letizia, Martha Scheutz and Kathy Mart.

We kicked off the event socializing over drinks while snacking on appetizers that included pretzels, chips, crab dip and cheese & crackers. In addition to crock pots of chili we then filled our plates with rice, mac-n-cheese, corn soufflé, salad, pickles, coleslaw and Italian bread.  Even that wasn’t enough because we then topped it off with dessert that included homemade goodies such as lemon squares, brownies and cookies.

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Sunday February 4th, 2018

Four Chaplains Memorial Service 

On Feb. 4th our Perry Post held a Four Chaplains Memorial Service at the Tappan Reformed Church. The Four Chaplains Service provides an important reminder of courage and selfless sacrifice.  The Perry Post was proud to be asked by the Rockland County American Legion to conduct this memorial service, and to continue a legacy of reminding our country and our youth of the interfaith lesson the Four Chaplains taught us. 

Several times over the recent years Pastor Hoover and the Tappan Reformed Church parishioners have opened their doors, warmly welcomed us, and graciously hosted this special service. Besides the Perry Post Legionnaires who attended the service there were several members who stepped up and participated in the service.  Thanks goes to Whitey Amodt, Murry Cohen and Bill Leach who read biographies, Bart Foley who was both Chaplain and a reader, and Bob Seaman and his entire family for making arrangements with the church and then hosting the reception afterwards. Kylie Seaman, Bob’s daughter, sang a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. The service was well attended and many have expressed to the post their praise for how well it went.

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Saturday January 13th, 2018

Montrose VA Hospital Visit

Our Perry Post visited the Montrose Veterans Hospital on January 13th.  We had the pleasure of spending several hours with 25 U.S. veterans who are being treated for PTSD. Our American Legion Post provided a luncheon that included sandwich platters, dessert and beverages. We provided a Magician who spent an hour amazing the vets with tricks they couldn’t figure out, and giving them lots of laughs and smiles.  And then at the end we presented each of the veterans with two gift bags that included generous donations from our Legion Family and local Rockland County community.

These veterans have sacrificed so much for this great country of ours. I wish you could have been with us as we handed out those gift bags. It would have warmed your hearts to see the faces of these veterans light up as they looked in the bags and realized the love and care that others have shown by giving them the much needed donations. 

In summary, 25 veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country, and are still struggling with the price they have paid, had their arms and stomachs filled, but most importantly had their day made by our visit and your generous donations. You and your students made it very clear that others care about them, have not forgotten them, and that we very much appreciate their sacrifice for this great country of ours!

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