On a quiet residential street in Delmar lies a building known to only a few. It’s home to the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post of the American Legion. Nearly 800 members comprised of Legionaries, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion remain constantly busy serving and giving back to the community. From breakfast buffets, free dinners for vets, music concerts and rentals of their banquet hall, it’s all done by volunteers.
While there is not an actually tally of the thousands of volunteer hours it takes to run these organizations and their programs, there certainly is a measure of their success. Even in a down economy the Blanchard Post has found ways to continue to raise funds which it returns to the community. In 2012 the Post raised the amazing sum of $31,715.
In a recent interview, Legion Commander Steve Riedel, a Marine Veteran and Retired Navy Seebee explained that, “giving back to programs that support our veterans is incredibly rewarding. For years we have supported Freedom Flight which brings World War II veterans to the Memorial in Washington, DC. This year our donation to that one initiative exceeded $6000. The tears, followed by smiles, takes your breath away as you listen to a WWII vet describe the trip.” Vietnam era Veteran Phil Giacone who serves as the Chairman of the Board explains, “While we are here to support America’s Veterans and current servicemen and women, we recognize that when we served, American’s were there to support us. It’s only appropriate that we return the favor and give back to the community. Most of our community-based giving is focused on children. They are our future.”
The Blanchard Post is always looking for qualified members to join. For information on how to join, look at the links at the top of this page. Choose “Legion”, “Auxiliary” or “Sons” and then select “Membership Requirements”.
The Blanchard Post has made the following donations in 2012:Stratton VA Hospital Programs $3400 Freedom Flight $6175 Shea Scholarship Fund $3365 Home for Joe $2575 Veterans in Need $1000 Am. Legion Baseball $2500 Veteran’s Programs $4800 Boys State/Girls State $1650 Care Packages to Servicemen $1000 Boy Scouts Troop 58 $1500 Scholarships $1100 Tri-Village LL $1100 Community Groups $1550 (Incl. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Bethlehem Community Fund, Community Hospice, Diabetes Foundation, Am. Cancer Soc., Am. Heart Assn., Bethlehem Youth Court, Slingerlands FD and BCHS Graduation Party)
So, the next time you hear of an event at the Blanchard Post of the American Legion, know that your support will benefit both community and veterans programs and go a long way in thanking our veterans and active duty personnel.
If you would like to donate directly to the Blanchard Post of The American Legion, please send your tax deductible contribution to:American Legion Post 1040 16 West Poplar Drive Delmar, New York 12054
We also encourage your to support the many public events we sponsor throughout the year. Thank you.