New Officers Elected

During the month of May each of the organizations within the American Legion (the Legion, the Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion) elect officers to serve for the next year. The new officers take office in June. In each of the three groups there are some new officers coming into various positions and some former officers have continued in their prior roles.

To see who will be serving for the 2023 – 2024 year click on the group’s name on the selection bar and select OFFICERS.

The organization depends on and exists because of willingness of it’s members to be involved and take on these leadership roles. When you see these members around the Post, please take a moment to thank them for their willingness to serve the organization.

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RunforVets : Run/Walk for Veterans

A Bethlehem Community Event on May 28th, the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
9:00am a 5K run
10:30am a 2M walk

Sign up to: run – walk – support our veterans 

***Go to to register***

This event will begin and end at the Blanchard-Currey American Legion Post 1040 at 16 W Poplar Drive, Delmar (at the rail trail).

Food and Refreshments will be available – Breakfast Sandwiches, Hot Dogs and More.

100% of proceeds will go to Veteran’s organizations.

Sponsored by: Bethlehem Memorial VFW Post 3185, Auxiliary
      and Blanchard-Currey American Legion Post 1040, Sons of The American Legion
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Highway named for Francis Currey

Medal of Honor Recipient, Francis S. Currey, Memorial Highway

A portion of Route 32, between Bender Lane and Elsmere Avenue, has been named the Medal of Honor Recipient, Francis S. Currey, Memorial Highway. You can read more about Frank in the Legion section of the website, select Legion History.

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Flag Drop Off Box

After a couple years of working on this project the Post has installed a Flag Drop Off Box for United States Flags that should no longer be used due to their worn out condition.

Unusable flags should not just be thrown away. The American Legion will properly dispose of these flags.

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The Elevator is officially ready for use.

The long awaited elevator is official. The elevator passed it’s final inspection on August 11.

The elevator provides access from the main floor lobby area to lower level Lounge area and second floor Banquet Hall. Making the building more handicapped accessible.

The main floor lobby area work included a complete renovation of both the Ladies and Men’s restrooms. As well as providing access to the elevator.

We would like to thank the Albany Elevator Union and it’s members who volunteered their time and technical experience in the installation of the elevator.

We would also like the thank the various members of the Sons of the American Legion that volunteered many hours of their time and labor to complete all of the construction work needed to make this project such a great success. The size and complexity of this project has been completed masterfully. Your dedication to the Post, including your time, talents and skills are greatly appreciated.

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Military Tribute Banners

Military Tribute Banners

As you travel around the Delaware Avenue, Kenwood Avenue and Elsmere Avenue areas in Delmar you should be seeing Military Tribute Banners hanging from the utility poles. The banners are there to recognize and honor the former and current military members from the Town of Bethlehem area. Currently there are over 80 banners hung around the area. There are more in the production process that should be being hung in the near future.

If you are interested in sponsoring a banner for your family member you can start the process by one of two ways. Either contact Art Thornton at  or go to click on “BANNER PROGRAMS” and locate “BETHLEHEM, NY”. (See the information card below.) The sponsor is responsible for providing the military member’s picture and various information about the person being honored.

The banners are a project of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3185 on Delaware Avenue here in Delmar.

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Flag Pole Memorial Project

The Post is conducting a Flag Pole Memorial Project, in which memorial bricks honoring service members can be ordered and will be professionally installed to become a permanent part of the new front of the Legion around the flagpole.

Order forms are available at the Post. Each paver brick can have a maximum for 3 lines with up to 14 characters per line.

A donation of $100 per brick is requested and must be submitted at the time the brick is ordered. Proceeds from this project will help defray the cost of the walkway and the front monument. Checks should be made payable to American Legion Post 1040.

For more information call (518) 439-9819.

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The Post has changed it’s name.

The Post has changed it’s name. In late 2020 the Post membership voted to change the name of the Post from the long time Nathaniel Adams Blanchard Post to be the Blanchard-Currey Post. The request to change the name was for approval to both the State level Legion office and the American Legion National Headquarters. National Headquarters has the final say on the name change. In mid September we were notified by the National Headquarters that the request to change the name of the Post to the Blanchard-Currey Post has been approved.

For more information, on the LEGION tab click on Legion History.

With the name change being official you will see it reflected on all of the material relating to the Post.

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