Category Archives: Working with the Village

Chamber Breakfast

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.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

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.

Vietnam Stone at Swan Lake

On June 2nd, VFW Post 2913 gathered with County Legislator Rob Calarco, members of the Swan Lake Civic Association, American Legion Post 269 and Vietnam Veterans, to re-dedicate the Vietnam Stone at Swan Lake, thanks to the hard work and dedication of member and Guard for the Post Peter Palamidis. Peter saw that the stone was hidden from view, and that the tree had died. He took action on contacted the Swan Lake Civic Association and Rob Calarco to get the problem resolved. Peter remembers being disrespected when he came back from Vietnam and was not going to let that happen here. He knew that this was important to do for all veterans that went off to war, but most especially for those that served in Vietnam.

Peter’s family joined us that day as well to not only see the great work that he did, but to be there as he received a Proclamation from Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco for the impact he made on the community.

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.