YORKTOWN, N.Y.-Veterans groups around the country are gradually losing membership and closing their doors, but American Legion Post 1009 didn’t want to lose its battle with Father Time. To interest younger people and expand its roster of volunteers, the Yorktown post has launched a Sons of the American Legion squadron.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, a dozen residents, from teenagers to seniors, were inducted as the first members of Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1009. To qualify, prospective members must be the son, grandson or great-grandson of someone who served in the military during war time.
The new members are: Craig L. Armstrong, Lawrence Armstrong, James Calbo, Matthew Essell, Dennis Frasene, William L. Gerhard Jr., William A. Goss, William M. Goss, Ed Lachterman, Paul R. Martin III, Kevin J. McDonough and William L. Wieneke.
“We look forward to taking this squadron to new heights,” Calbo said. “Thank you for taking us in. We’ll do you proud.”
Joseph Guidice, vice commander for Sons of American Legion districts 1 and 9 (Rockland County), helped get the Yorktown squadron off the ground. Using a military term, he told American Legion Post 1009 that the sons are a “force multiplier,” helping the veterans to organize parades, events, dinners and more, all in the name of raising money and giving back to worthy causes. Guidice said there are about 1,500 Sons of the American Legion members in the Hudson Valley.
Anyone interested in joining the Sons of the American Legion should call 914-953-6807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings will take place the first Thursday of the month at the American Legion Hall on Veterans Road.