NEW HAVEN, Conn. (July 16, 2023)— American Legion New Haven Post 210 was proud to support an international student history program with a Sunday afternoon history and pizza party.
Post 210 sponsored dozens of French and Connecticut high school students at Southern Connecticut State University, complete with a presentation by History Professor Jason Smith on New Haven apizza and a stack of pies from renowned Pepe’s Pizza.
Digging Into History: On the Road with Rochambeau organizer and Post 210 Historian Christine Pittsley brought the 13 French and 16 American students to see the newly-rededicated Great War Flagpole on the New Haven Green, informally tour Yale University, and explore New Haven-style pizza (thin-crust pizza that is traditionally baked in a coal-fired brick oven). SCSU Coordinator of Veteran, Military and Adult Learning Support and Post 210 Chaplain Britt Conroy secured the donated space and American Legion Post 210 past Commander Charles M. Pickett catered the meal.
Digging Into History is an experiential learning program of the Museum of Connecticut History division of the Connecticut State Library, where Connecticut and French High School students from the Seicheprey region learn about our nations’ shared military history by excavating historical sites in each country. In 2019, Connecticut students restored a section of trench line once occupied by Connecticut soldiers during WWI. In 2023, French students joined 16 Connecticut students in excavating the American Revolution War camp of comte de Rochambeau’s French army in Bolton, Connecticut. Students participating in the program are ambassadors, re-affirming the friendship once held so dear between France and the people of Connecticut.
The American Legion was established in Paris, France in the wake of World War I, by delegates to a caucus meeting from units of the American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.). The city of New Haven has a special connection to Seicherey, France through an early WWI battle involving the Connecticut National Guard 1-102nd Infantry Regiment which mustered on Camp Yale in 1918 and drilled on the Green.
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NEW HAVEN, CONN. — American Legion New Haven Post 210 Chaplain Britt Conroy was featured in the Summer 2023 Edition of Southern Connecticut State University Alumni Magazine.
Conroy was named coordinator of veteran, military, and adult learner support services in July of 2022 where she smooths the transition for students at Southern. Her appointment follows the retirement of Jack Mordente, longtime SCSU veteran coordinator, who established the university’s program for veterans more than 47 years prior. Both Conroy and Mordente are founding members of Post 210 and have been integral in the post’s success.
NEW HAVEN, CONN. (May 18, 2023)–The veterans of the American Legion New Haven Post No. 210 have elected new leadership for the 2023-2024 officer year.
Mark Osenko, the literacy media specialist at Worthington Hooker School in New Haven, was elected post commander. His election is a milestone in the little Legion post, marking the first time the veterans service organization will be lead by a member who joined after the post was chartered on Dec 20, 2018.
Outgoing Commander Charles M. Pickett, an English teacher at the Sound School in New Haven, helped organize and lead the post from its inception in early 2018, and is hoping to move up to state-level veteran leadership in Connecticut.
The 2023-2024 American Legion New Haven Post No. 210 officers are:
NO RSVP NEEDED: Veterans and a guest are invited for a free breakfast on Veterans Day.
HONORING ALL WHO SERVED: Veterans, service members, and cadets may get a free serving of coffee, home fries, and SOS over biscuit or sausage patty at the Trinity Bar & Restaurant from 8 to 10:30 a.m. (157 Orange St. New Haven) on Friday, November 11, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sponsored by Trinity and organized by the VFW New Haven Post 12150 and the American Legion New Haven Post 210, the SOS breakfast will honor our military veterans by offering them a serving of the popular military breakfast staple–free of charge.
Celebrated Trinity Chef and Co-Owner Shane Carty and Master Sgt. Frank Alvarado (Ret), will prepare the SOS gravy based on the 1942 edition of The Army Cook (TM 10-405). The breakfast is open to military veterans, current service members, and cadets (especially at UNH, Yale, and Hillhouse High School JROTC) and one guest.
Additionally, veterans and citizens are invited to attend the City of New Haven Veterans Day Ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. at New Haven City Hall (165 Church St, New Haven, CT 06510) with a subsequent wreath-laying ceremony at the Great War Flagpole on the Green.
VETERANS: This August 2022, join Justyne on the beautiful back platform of the Canal Dock Boathouse on picturesque New Haven Harbor for FREE Yoga sessions. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to experience approachable mind-body practices in a great spot with a certified instructor giving back to the veteran community.