NEW HAVEN, CONN. (May 24, 2020)–Images from downsized 2020 Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf and the Great War Flagpole on the New Haven Green. Members of the New Haven Mayor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee were able to adhere to mandated social distancing and mask requirements during the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic.
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NEW HAVEN, CONN (May 21, 2020)—The American Legion New Haven Post 210 has elected their new post officers as they enter their second year of existence.
The 2020-21 post officers are: Commander/Adjutant Charles M. Pickett; Vice Commander Biancesca Rivera; Junior Vice Commander Dean Moore; Finance Officer Thania Rivera; and Chaplain Britt Conroy. Erin F. Murphy was appointed the service officer, as was Lori Rasile as Americanism chairperson.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization aimed at advocating patriotism across the U.S. through diverse programs and member benefits.
The young post, having chartered on December 20, 2018, meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:10 p.m. at the Knights of St. Patrick (1533 State Street, New Haven, CT) when there isn’t a global pandemic. Interested veterans can call 203-903-4315 or learn more at NewHavenLegion.org.
UPDATE: THE 2020 BATTLE OF SEICHEPREY DINNER HAS BEEN COVID-19 CANCELED (20MARCH2020)
Join the American Legion New Haven Post 210 for a charity fundraiser and commemoration of Connecticut’s 102nd Infantry Regiment World War I battle in Seicheprey, France.
All proceeds from the April 18, 2020 dinner at Trinity Bar & Restaurant (TheTrinityBar.com) benefit Post 210 and Digging Into History: WWI Trench Restoration—a community service trip to France for Connecticut high school students to restore a section of trench and honor the service and sacrifice of American troops in the Great War.
Michael E. Shay, author of the Yankee Division in the First World War: In the Highest Tradition and three other books on the YD will be our featured speaker.
Celebrated Chef and Trinity Co-Owner Shane Carty is providing hors d’oeuvres in the banquet room after 6 p.m.; a buffet dinner of roast beef, chicken marsala, vegetarian lasagna, and Carty’s signature Shepherd’s Pie at 7 p.m.; and desert and coffee. There will be raffles and a dedicated cash bar.
Seating is limited and advanced $40.00 tickets are required for this exclusive fundraising event, which may be purchased from American Legion New Haven Post 210 organizers (Venmo: @CharlesPickett) or online at Legion.Eventbrite.com.
The Battle of Seicheprey Dinner is a social function of a military nature being held after retreat. Military comrades are requested to wear their Blues & Grays with medals (but not caps) and authorized veterans and service members may wear their dress uniforms.
The dinner will commemorate the 1918 battle where the newly-arrived soldiers of Connecticut’s 102nd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 26th Infantry Division (the Yankee Division), beat back raiding German Stormtroopers in one of America’s earliest World War I engagements in France. Centered on the southern edge of the St. Mihiel Salient, the fighting culminated in desperate hand-to-hand combat, resulting in 81 Americans dead, 402 wounded, 197 taken prisoner and the destruction of the hamlet of Seicheprey.
Having just chartered in 2018, why should veterans choose to join the American Legion New Haven Post 210 in Connecticut?
By Charles M. Pickett
We don’t have a building. We don’t have a bar. We’re one of the smallest American Legion posts in Connecticut.
However, 75% of our members are Post-9/11 veterans. Four of our five post officers are female and are either in college or have a masters degree. What we lack in property we exceed in potential. We are diverse, we are different, and we are what the current US military looks like.
- We are growing, rapidly.
- Our dues are $32.00 vs $45.00 for Post 200.
- Post members get vital and local emails about veteran-focused events, discounts, and services. Post 200 just gets the national magazine.
- Social events typically every-other month with meetings every month.
- Community involvement including the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies and marching in the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March (we won the best Senior Military Unit in 2019).
- Twice-annual war memorial beautifications.
- Pre-Memorial Day Unserviceable Flag Collections.
- Donate to veteran-focused organizations.
- Co-Organize the annual New Haven Kick for Nick Night, a Connecticut-based, Gold Star family foundation that honors the dream of a fallen Soldier by collecting and distributing soccer balls to underprivileged children worldwide.
- We’re figuring all this American Legion stuff out and having fun while doing it.
SPRING 2020 #VETEVENTS HAVE BEEN COVID-19 CANCELED
Join the American Legion New Haven Post 210 and VFW New Haven Post 12150 at The Trinity Bar and Restaurant for Fourth Friday #VetEvents from January to April 2020.
- 7DEC: Founding post member Frank Alvarado inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame, joining fellow post founding member Jack Mordente
- 11MAR: Awarded Best Senior Military Unit in Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- 15MAR: Three post officers awarded American Legion Pioneer Award (Lori Rasile, Thania Rivera and Biancesca Rivera)
- 02JULY: Awarded Team 100 Post Excellence Award recognizing membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the community, and service projects.
- 02JUL: Awarded 100% Membership Award
- 02JUL: Awarded 2019 Post Membership Retention Award
- 30DEC: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
- 18JAN: Knights of St. Patrick #VetEvent
- 27JAN: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
- 15MAR: American Legion Centennial Celebration Dinner. Post recieved permanent charter from state commander as state leadership celebrated the Legion’s centennial with the state’s newest post
- 26MAY: New Haven Memorial Day Ceremonies (Chaplain Conroy gave prayers at both)
- 14SEP: New Haven Harbor #VetHike
- 11NOV: New Haven FREE SOS Breakfast co-organized by Trinity Bar, VFW New Haven Post 12150 and American Legion New Haven Post 210
- 21NOV: Member Appreciation Dinner (with Jambalaya)
- DEC: Collected items for Marine Corps. Toys for Tots program.
- 10MAR: Provided Honor Guard led by Richella Rondon-Smith for combined New Haven Veterans group for Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Team)
- 25MAY: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)
- 25MAY: Unserviceable Flag Collection (T. Rivera)
- 16AUG: Student-Veterans Leadership Sponsorship created for veterans at area colleges (T. Rivera)
- 18OCT: 2019 New Haven Kick for Nick Night raised $5,648.36 and 600+ soccer balls (Team)
- 09NOV: Cleanup at the V beautification event at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf (Rasile)
- 19SEP: Christine Pittsley, project director at the State Library, was our inaugural post meeting speaker, presenting on the “Digging into History: WWI Trench Restoration” program in Seicheprey, France
- 17OCT: Jack Mordente, longtime SCSU Veteran Representative was speaker