These students are the 2014 American Legion Auxiliary Americanism essay winners from Jesse W. Soby Unit #148 in Langhorne. The essay subject was “How can I show my pride in being an American?” The students are 6th graders from Our Lady of Grace Catholic School in Penndel, 1st place Angela Gesualdi, 2nd place Anne Gutherman, 3rd place Olivia Scott.
Jesse W. Soby American Legion Auxiliary Unit #148, Langhorne Little Miss Poppies 2014 are Mackenzie Lynn McAndrew of Penndel and Abigail Dillon Terry of Ivyland.
Mackenzie is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Herbert Hoover elementary school. She is the daughter of Jim and Jenn McAndrew of Penndel. Mackenzie is eligible for membership in the Auxiliary under the service of her grandfather, US Army Vietnam veteran and Legionnaire James McAndrew of Hulmeville.
Abigail is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Maureen M.Welsh elementary school. She is the daughter of Robert and Denise Terry of Ivyland. Abigail is eligible for membership in the Auxiliary under the service of her grandfather, USMC Vietnam Veteran and Legionnaire Harry Hill of Penndel.
Miss Poppies 2014 are Alexandra Lee Davidson of Philadelphia and Kayla Elizabeth Davidson of Langhorne.
Alexandra is 14 years old and a 7th grader at LaBrum middle school. She is the daughter of Michael Davidson and Jennifer Russo.
Kayla is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Carl Sandburg middle school. She is the daughter of Jeffrey Davidson and Lynn Davidson (Martindell). These cousins are eligible for membership in the Auxiliary under the service of their grandfather, US Army Vietnam Veteran and Legionnaire Walter Davidson of Langhorne.
June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high – more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded – but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe that would eventually remove Germany’s stranglehold on Europe.
May is a pretty big deal for us at Post 148. Here’s a list of the month’s events.
May 10th and 24th
Poppys, a form of remembrance of our Fallen, will be sold at 8:00 AM at the Langhorne 7-11 and 4:00 PM at Brother’s Pizza .
Saturday May 17, 8:30 AM
Replacement of the American Flags at the Graves of our Veterans.
Our Lady Of Grace Cemetery. Over 3,000 American Flags will be replaced. Come join us.
Sunday May 18, 9:00 -11:00 AM
Our Legion Drill Team acknowledge our fallen with a 21 Gun Salute at our Cemeteries and Local Veterans’ Parks.
Tuesday May 20, 6:00 PM
Our Replica of Flanders Field will be set up on the Front Lawn of The American Legion.
Sunday May 25, 9:00 AM
Work Party to set up for the Parade.
Monday May 26,
Memorial Day Parade
Services start 9:00 AM Sharp! Parade to follow at the completion of services.
A new era in warfare was born on the battlefields of Flanders in 1915. German troops launched a chlorine gas attack in the first ever large-scale use of chemical weapons. It was but one of the technical innovations seen during World War I, and not all of them were as deadly.
The American Legion will host their Annual Joint Dinner Meeting May 14, at the Yardley Post. This meeting will be attended by members of the Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and the Legion Riders.
Of course, everyone is invited to attend. It’s not often this meeting is held in our area.
Hope to see you there.
We’ll be having out April General Membership Meeting on the 25th of the month. Eric Feiner, the Community Relations Manager of Senior Helpers will be there. Meeting time is 8:00 pm on the First Floor.
Eric will discuss the ‘Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit.’ The Benefit helps pay for out-of pocket
medical expenses such as adult day services, home care, family caregivers, in-home safety equipment, assisted
living, nursing home care, Medicare premiums, or medical co-pays.
Food and refreshments will be provided after the meeting as we will be celebrating the American Legion’s 95th Birthday.
Hope to see you there.