SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – At a meeting May 6, Mayor Matt Anesh and the South Plainfield Borough Council recognized American Legion Chaumont Post 243 and it members. Chartered in May 1934, this month marks the post’s 85th year of service to the community, veterans, and their families. 

“Since 1934, Post 243, in fulfillment of its national charter has served as a resource for veterans and their families, and has provided aid and assistance to those in need,” said Anesh. 

Over the past eight and a half decades, Post 243 has been a supporter of the South Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department, the Rescue Squad, and PBA Local 100, stated Anesh, adding the post also supports programs for South Plainfield youth. In addition to donations, Post 243 has sent worthy high school juniors to the American Legion Jersey Boys State and has awarded numerous scholarships to South Plainfield High School seniors and the children and grandchildren of its members. The post also consistently supports the borough’s Eagle Scout program and provides a meeting space for Boy Scouts as well as other South Plainfield clubs and organizations. 

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“Post 243…continues to serve veterans outside of South Plainfield through its donations to the State Commander’s Project and volunteer work at the Menlo Park Veterans Home, …has sponsored the placement of American flags on all veterans’ grave sites at the three South Plainfield’s cemeteries for Memorial Day, and participates in many community events such as the annual South Plainfield Labor Day Parade,” stated Anesh. 

Recognizing the organization and it all it does for the community, Anesh, on behalf of himself, the council, and the community, extended congratulations to Chaumont Post 243 of the American Legion on the celebration of their 85th anniversary and extended ‘warmest best wishes for the continued success with the many commendable programs that they provide our community.’

“I thank the mayor and council for recognizing the Legion and giving us this proclamation,” said Legion Commander Robert Bengivenga, Sr., who in turn gave the governing body a medallion commemorating organization’s 100th anniversary. “Our main focus is helping the veterans but we are here for the community. Our motto is ‘community, state and nation.’” 

Bengivenga also noted that any current and former members of the armed forces who are or have served during war-time are welcome to join the American Legion. For more information, contact the American Legion Chaumont Post 243 Membership Chair Richard Tarn at (908) 668-9414. 

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