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American Legion #1346

Previous American Legion News

The American Legion
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American Legion Meetings are held 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month
In the meeting room of the Loyal Order of Moose #180
2524 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island, NY 14072

We welcome all veterans that would like to become members.

Commander Ray DeGlopper, rayd2198@aol.com, 773-4479
1st Vice Commander Joseph Mesmer, gijoebred@yahoo.com, 773-5651
2nd Vice Commander Patrick Soos, patricksoos@mckesson.com, 258-1509
3rd Vice Commander Mark Manthie, mmthei@roadrunner.com, 368-1019
Adjudant Leona Flinn, leonaflinn40@icloud.com, 254-1917
Finance Officer Peter Kuszczak, pkuszczak@roadrunner.com, 773-6459
Judge Advocate Joe Synakowski
Sgt-at-Arms Garry Duetschlander, Chaplain Joe Mesmer
Service Officer Patrick Soos, Recording Secretary Leona Flinn

Mission: Service to veterans. Information for various benefits due veterans of all services, national and community affairs
Help: Help in recruiting recently discharged veterans and those veterans who do not belong to at least one veterans organization
Strengths: Largest veterans organization in the world.
Ideas: The many veterans living on Grand Island are a great untapped source of community involvement. They are encouraged to help the various programs in the town.

American Legion Post 1346 Membership Campaign

October 19th, 6:30 - 8pm - Moose Lodge, 2524 GI Blvd.

American Legion Poppy Days - September 2021

Robert Haag Photos.

    The above photos were taken during the American Legion Poppy Days on Friday & Saturday, September 10 & 11.

American Legion Poppy Drive - September 2021

    The American Legion Poppy Drive will take place Friday & Saturday, September 10-11th at Top's Market, 7-11 on Love Rd, and Ace Hardware, 1889 Whitehaven Road. Thank you for remembering, and your prayers. Wear your Poppy !

Joe Synakowski - August 2021

Above photos taken at the August 17th ceremony. Left is Mrs. Marilyn Synakowski and Joe. Mary Cooke photos.

    Joe/John Synakowski was chosen as Erie County Fair Veteran of the Day for August 17, 2021. Joe served in the Army as a Private First Class from 1945-1948. Joe/John has been a very active member of the American Legion for 47 years, raising funds to help veterans and educating others about the sacrifices made by our military. He uses his brother Joe's birth year that was three years earlier than his own to enter the Army in 1945 when he was 15 years old. Joe/John served here at home and in Europe as a member of the 82nd Airborne and the 301st Military Intelligence Unit. He was an interpreter in the Polish Displaced Person Camps in 1948. Joe/John was instrumental in bringing the recently dedicated life-size bronze sculpture of Grand Island WWII Jerp amd Medal of Honor recipient Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper to fruition. A ceremony will take place on Tuesday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the flag pole in Slade Park. Everyone is welcome to attend and show their support.

American Legion Scholarship Winners - June 2021

From left: Mark Manthei, Gary Deutschlander, Paul Proctor, Morgan Proctor, Joseph Christiano, John Christiano, Ray DeGlopper, Joe Mesmer.

.     On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 awarded two scholarships to Grand Island High School 2021 Graduates, Morgan Proctor and Joseph Christiano. The checks were presented by Ray DeGlopper Post 1346 Commander.

American Legion Flower Sale Thank You - May 2021

Commander Ray DeGlopper unloading Saturday morning truck.

From left: Joe Mesmer, Ray DeGlopper & plant raffle winner Ron Link.
Robert Haag Photos.

    From the commander of the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346, Ray DeGlopper.
    I would like to thank all the people who purchased flowers from the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 annual flower fundraiser that is used to support other non profit events (scholarships, VA, nursing homes, DeGlopper Memorial, Golden Age Center, etc.)
    A special thanks goes out to to those who have donated materials, equipment and supplies for this event. And to all the American legion members who donated their time and efforts to make this a very successful event. Looking forward to your participation next year. The winner of the beautiful Barrel Planter donated by Hi-Way Garden Center was: Judy Link and was picked up by her husband Ron Link.

American Legion Flower Sale - May 2021

    The Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 Annual Flower Fundraiser will take place on Friday & Saturday, May 7 & 8, from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or sold out. New this year is patio tomatoes. Flowers are $15.00 and tomatoes are $6.00. Tickets will also be available for the barrel planter raffle. They are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

50 Year Membership Certificate - February 2021

Top: from left Michael M. Cutini & Commander Ray DeGlopper.
Certiificate of 50 year membership.
Photos by Robert Haag.

    On Wednesday, February 24th, Ray DeGlopper, Commander of the American Legion Post 1346, presented Michael M. Cutini with a Certificate of 50 years of continuous membership in the American Legion. The certificate was Issued by the American Legion National Headquarters