Members of Post 2913 welcomed members of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce to the Hall for their July Meeting and served Breakfast.
Commander Rogers gave an introduction to the Post, explained our programs and what we had coming up, as well as what the post was in need of to continue running and moving into the current trend for halls.
Thanks to members George Egan, Peter Palamidis and Scott McKendrick for helping out, and special thanks to Bob Rogers of the Auxiliary for cooking for the Chamber members.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Dave Rogers joined the Congregational Church of Patchogue to push Buddy Poppies and Collect TP for Operation TP.
The Latest order of Stones for Lights on Veterans has come in and are ready to be placed. This order of stones includes a stone for the post, George Egan, Hal O’Neil, Jim Shine, Rob Parente, and Henry Jantz.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2913 together with American Legion Post 269 and AMVets Post 111 conducted our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at Fireman’s Park in Patchogue.
The Event was well attended with Rep. Dean Murray, Legislator Rob Calarco, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, Village Trustee Susan Brinkman, David Kennedy of the Chamber, and members of Boy Scout Troop 40.
Logistical and Safety support was given by Patchogue DPW, Patchogue Fire Department, and Patchogue Ambulance Company.
Over 300 flags were retired.
Sometimes it is good to be Commander and other times it is great. Commander Rogers of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2913 was recently invited to a sandwich tasting for the soon to be open Hero Joint. It is a great show of respect from the community when members of the VFW are included in events that impact the community in all kinds of ways.
Memorial Day is one of those days that the VFW does a lot in a short time, because we have so many to honor in just one day. Members of the Post and the Auxiliary gather together on this day to pay our respects to those that gave so much.
VFW Post 2913 started it’s day off by going to the water to honor those lost at sea to not return. We started this honor due to the fact that one of the people our Post is named after BLEECKER LATTIN, was on a ship in Pearl Harbor that sank during the attacks, and his remains never recovered.
We than go to one of the 5 cemeteries around the village and pay a lasting respect to a fallen Soldier. This year we went to St. Francis Cemetery and paid our respects to JOHN KELLY, a World War I veteran.
We than return to our post to pay our respects to all those members that have been lost this year. Members like ED SACCO.
Finally we line up for the Parade followed by a service at the Veterans Park in front of the American Legion Post 269. The Parade is organized by the United Veterans of Patchogue consisting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Jayne-Lattin Post 2913, American Legion Patchogue Post 269 and American Veterans Post 111. This year the organizing organization was VFW Post 2913, led by Outgoing Commander GEORGE BARRETT, MC for the parade and event was Incoming Commander DAVE ROGERS.
After the parade the ceremonies continue at the Veterans Park, where JOHN GALLAER from EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PATCHOGUE gave the opening prayer. Followed by SOUTH OCEAN MIDDLE SCHOOL doing America the Beautiful. Incoming Commander DAVE ROGERS than gave the opening remarks about what MEMORIAL DAY’s start, where it was, and where it is now in the situation with the current wars, and those bringing the war home with them. Than the Commanders of the VFW (GEORGE BARRETT) American Legion (JON RALPH) and AMVETS (JOHN PIORKOWSKI) spoke about their views of Memorial Day. The Key note speaker was Mayor PAUL V. PONTIERI, JR. who spoke about not only what Memorial Day means to him, but also to the rededication of the memorial statues and cannons for those that gave all for their country. The Mayor also welcomed honored guest to the event including Village Trustees JOESPH KEYS, SUSAN BRINKMAN, and LORI DEVLIN. Suffolk County Legislator ROB CALARCO said a few word about the importance of Memorial Day to him and the Village.
After the speeches the United Veterans of Patchogue layer the Wreaths at the Monument, which included VFW Post 2913, American Legion Post 269, AMVets Post 111, VFW Post 2913 AUX, American Legion Post 269 AUX, American Legion Post 269 Sons, AMVets Post 111 Sons, and the Sons of the Union.
This was followed by the Firing Detail and Taps from AMVets Post 111, and GEORGE EGAN of VFW Post 2913 raising the Flag.
After the usual ceremony this year we also re-dedicated the WWI Cannons, done by the American Legion Post 269 and Mayor PAUL V. PONTIERI, JR.. Followed by the Dedication of the 9-11 Tree which was done by Incoming Commander and 9-11 First Responder DAVE ROGERS. Included in the dedication of the 9-11 Pear Tree was the MALER FAMILY who lost ALFRED RUSSELL MALER during the attacks.
We than presented trophies to SOUTH OCEAN MIDDLE SCHOOL and SAXTON MIDDLE SCHOOL for their renditions of Patriotic Selections during the Parade and at the Ceremony,
The ceremony was closed with a Patriotic Selection from SAXTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, and the closing prayer from JOHN GALLAER from EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PATCHOGUE.
The VFW than joined the American Legion for refreshments at the American Legion Post.
The day started off with Incoming Sr. Vice Commander Scott McKendrick doing Buddy Poppies at Angelo Sorto, Neighborhood Deli of Bayport. Than members of VFW Post 2913, American Legion Post 269, and AMVets Post 111 laying flags at Cedar Grove, Waverly Ave, Lakeview and Catholic Cemeteries in Patchogue. Incoming Commander Dave Rogers stopped by Swezey’s Fuel 100 Year Anniversary. Than Incoming Sr. Vice Commander Scott McKendrick and Incoming Commander Dave Rogers went out to push more Buddy Poppies. Overall a busy and productive day. Even the Pat-Med Library got involved with Memorial Day, doing Buddy Poppy related Art with Kids and teaching them about Memorial Day.