Category Archives: Sponsors/Donors

July’s Monthly Gathering at Rudi’s

Every month members of the post gather at locations around Patchogue that support veterans to show their support. This month the members gathered at Rudi’s for their monthly gathering. Rudi’s is a big supporter of veterans in the area and what they do for the community.

Members George Egan, Scott McKendrick, Peter Palamidis, Jeff Molitor and Dave Rogers were in attendance this time.

Back Club House Storage Area

Thanks to the work of VFW Post members George Barrett, Peter Palamidis and Dave Rogers, along with the help of our friends Ken Stoecker and Joe Dragone the back area of the club house storage room has a new ceiling and we were able to place new lighting and power for the newly donated fridges from Bobbique and Reese’s 1900 of Patchogue. This much need makeover of the room is just another in a long list of upgrades the post has gotten in the last 2 years. Still more work to come.

Thank you to all our sponsor and donors for the 2018-2019 Installation Dinner

Many of the programs and activities that we do at the VFW Depends on great sponsors and donors within our community. Each year as the VFW installs it’s incoming officers and honors those in the community that help us continue on our mission of helping veterans we once again depend on the community to help us provide dinner and awards for the honorees, members of Post 2913 and the Auxiliary and our distinguished guest and friends.

This years installation dinner was made possible by:

The Village of Patchogue

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Patchogue Foundation

St. Joseph’s College

The Patchogue Fire Department

Town of Brookhaven Councilman Neil Foley

County Legislator Rob Calarco

State Senator Tom Croci

Congressman Lee Zeldin

The Long Island Advance

The Patchogue-Medford Library

The Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame Booster Club

Blue Point Brewery

Twin Spirit Moonshine

Montauk Brewing Company

The Cheese Patch

The Village Idiot

Amazing Olive

Reese’s 1900

Roast Coffee and Tea Trading Company

Subtle Tea Company

Trudy Lauben of Coldwell Banker

The Patchogue Arts Council

Swan Realty

Harmony Cafe

Kilwins of Patchogue

Graphic Impressions

The Colony Shop

The Garden Club

The Lt Michael P. Murphy Sea Cadets

Brittnie Perry


Deteriorating Civil War monument in Patchogue to get face-lift

Article from Newsday, here is the link for the story on News 12 Long Island:

The statue of an armed uniformed soldier has gradually decayed, but efforts are underway to save a piece of history.

The Civil War monument on Baker Street in Patchogue Village is collapsing, and officials are doing what they can to restore the historic keepsake.

The monument, depicting a soldier gripping a long rifle, was erected in 1870 and is etched with 180 names representing former residents who risked their lives during the conflict.

Village officials last week approved a measure making the structure the first addition to its long-standing historic registry.

Village Trustee Susan Brinkman, who spearheaded the initiative in November, said the designation was deserved. “It’s an amazing piece of our history,” she said.

But while officials contend the monument is something to be proud of, the structure has fallen into disrepair over the years, likely due to the brittle material from which it’s made, experts say.

The base of the white, bronze zinc statue has begun cracking, and the soldier is leaning backward, currently held up with the help of a steel ladder.

Village officials said restoration costs are about $60,000, more than half of which has been raised through donations.

Civil War veteran Edwin Bailey of Patchogue created the sculpture, which was originally placed in front of what was then Patchogue High School at Academy Street and South Ocean Avenue, village officials said. It was relocated to the front of the American Legion Hall in the 1920s.

Patchogue-based Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, a group of Civil War descendants who conduct research and re-enactments of the conflict, is raising money for repairs.

“The creation of this landmark status is instrumental in the fundraising efforts of our historic Civil War monument,” Thomas Badamo, a member of the group, wrote in a letter to village officials. “All around us history is being destroyed.”

“This monument, as well as our historic cemeteries, are in many cases the only link we have to that past,” he added.

Zinc sculptures weren’t made in the United States until the 1850s, but became popular for the remainder of the century, experts say.

They reflected cultural history during the 19th century in small towns and were customized to mirror battles of war, according to “Zinc Sculpture in America 1850-1950” by Carol A. Grissom of the Smithsonian Institution.

“While urban centers had sources of revenue enabling erection of expensive bronze monuments, small communities throughout the country could afford zinc statues purchased from trade catalogues and shipped by railroad,” wrote Grissom, one of the nation’s authorities on statues.

Village Mayor Paul Pontieri said the historic designation allows for officials to request state and federal grants to assist in restoring the monument and protects it from being removed or changed without permission.

“It’s been part of this community for over 130 years; it needs to be protected,” Pontieri said.

He added that many village streets such as Smith, Mott and Conklin are named after soldiers whose names are engraved on the statue.

“Their relatives are still here,” Pontieri said.

Those listed on the monument fought in New Orleans and Atlanta during the war, officials said.

For more information on the monument, call 631-569-1076.

Shoes for Homeless Veterans

Sr. Vice Commander Dave Rogers dropped off the last of the shoes collected during Dec and Jan at Country Foot Care to the United Veterans Beacon House. To date almost 500 pairs of shoes (a value of about 12,000 dollars) has been collected and distributed to United Beacon House and Utica Veterans Outreach Center. VFW Post 2913 has been very fortunate to partner with Dr. Steve Brook and his staff at Country Foot Care who runs an annual drive to collect Shoes for the Homeless. What makes this program so unique is that while many people will donate to homeless causes they often tend to forget about donating shoes.

Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.   – Christian Louboutin

We will be looking to do another shoe drive in July, and plan on other drives and donation to support Homeless Veterans across Long Island. It is estimated that about 1/3 of all veterans on Long Island are either homeless are living in shelters, transition housing or are struggling to pay their rent. We will continue to do all we can to support them and the programs that help them.

Out with the Old in with the New

Thanks to the members of VFW post 2913, and our friends at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Patchogue our Old Stove is out and the New Stove is in our kitchen, We are thankful to the donations from Wekerle Insurance and especially to Dr. Steven Brook of Country Foot Care who donated the bulk of the money for the stove to be replaced. Thanks to those that came out to help: Commander George Barrett, Quartermaster George Egan, Guard Peter Palamidis, Members James Shine, and Robert Parente, Joe Gallagher, Past American Legion Commander John Matuszak, Veteran Tony Riggio, and local friend from Emanuel Lutheran Church Ken Stoeckert. Photos by Peter Palamidis and James Shine.