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Post Phone: 610.559.8838

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POST 9, BULLETIN June 2018

June 3,, Sunday – Legion Riders Meeting 10am


June 6, Wednesday – 7pm Home Association Board of Trustees meeting followed immediately by the Home Association regular meeting.

June 11, Monday SAL Meeting 7 pm

June 14, Thursday Board Meeting 6pm

June 14, Thursday Membership Meeting – 7:30pm

June 21, Thursday Auxiliary Meeting 7pm.

June 28, Thursday Honor Guard 7pm

Every Monday Post 9 Bingo 7pm –

No Tuesday Bingo



Memorial Day, 2018, is now behind us and I would like to thank all that participated in any of the ceremonies around the region honoring the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The unofficial start of summer is now upon us and in my monthly one liner [lol] I remind you of three special days in the month of June.


On June 14, 1775 the U.S. Army was formed.

The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution, Article 2, Section 2, Clause 1 and United States Code, Title 10, Subtitle B, Chapter 301, Section 3001. As the oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence, the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed (14 June 1775) to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the United States of America was established as a country.  After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The United States Army considers itself descended from the Continental Army, and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 1775.

As a uniformed military service, the U.S. Army is part of the Department of the Army, which is one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The U.S. Army is headed by a civilian senior appointed civil servant, the Secretary of the Army (SECARMY) and by a chief military officer, the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) who is also a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is the largest military branch, and in the fiscal year 2017, the projected end strength for the Regular Army (USA) was 476,000 soldiers; the Army National Guard (ARNG) had 343,000 soldiers and the United States Army Reserve (USAR) had 199,000 soldiers; the combined-component strength of the U.S. Army was 1,018,000 soldiers. As a branch of the armed forces, the mission of the U.S. Army is "to fight and win our Nation's wars, by providing prompt, sustained, land dominance, across the full range of military operations and the spectrum of conflict, in support of combatant commanders". The branch participates in conflicts worldwide and is the major ground-based offensive and defensive force of the United States.


On June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day.  This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents.  Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly. 

While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story.  At the same time, there is any to disprove it, either.  During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.  Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag.  His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Many people have died protecting our country.  On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly.

On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day.  President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”  


Father's Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph's Day) since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June (falling June 17 in 2018). It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother's DaySiblings Day and Grandparents Day.

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Tobyhanna Retiree Appreciation Day 11 August 2018 – More information to follow.

Brown & Lynch Post 9 Pig Roast either the third or fourth weekend of September - More information to follow.

We have a lot of new events coming your way so check out the monthly calendar or visit our web site at

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From the Adjutant:

Attached to this Bulletin are the results of our second round of Nominations for Legion and Home Association Officers

Quite frankly, the participation by our General Membership in the election process, and the attendance at our meetings, is pathetic. We even have Legionnaires who choose to sit at the bar in our Social Quarters during Legion meetings. Yet these are often the first to criticize policies and/or decisions made at meetings they could have attended. There is a Country song that is applicable in those cases. It goes something like “Here's a Quarter – call someone who cares”.

If you want a say in how the Post is run, COME TO A MEETING!

Ken Haney

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Post Commander and Home Association President: Tom Rafferty - Accepted

Post 1st Vice Commander and Home Association Vice President Robert Hockenbury – Accepted

Post 2nd Vice Commander and Home Association Secretary: Ron Gercie - Accepted

Post Finance Officer and Home Association Treasurer: Ed Gallagher - Accepted

Post Adjutant: Ken Haney - Accepted

Service Officer: Tom Marchetto - Accepted

Judge Advocate: Dave Bennett - Accepted

Chaplain: Vince Menegus - Accepted

Parliamentarian: Lenny Nangel - Accepted

Historian: C. Swain Fennimore - Accepted

Sergeant-at-Arms Tom Condosta – Accepted

Sergeant -At-Arms Harry Brodhead - Accepted

Sergeant-at-Arms Dan Kennedy – Accepted

2 Year Trustee Harry Brodhead – Accepted

2 Year Trustee Jode Perez - Accepted

1 Year Trustee - Cliff Brearman (not up)

1 Year Trustee - Al Lesher (not up)


First round of nominations were held at the Post 9 Meeting of April 12, 2018..


Second round of nominations were held at the Post 9 Meeting of May 10, 2018. The Commander closed nominations for (August , .


Elections for the above positions will be held at the Post 9 Meeting of June 14, 2018.


Write-ins: Must havre been submitted must have been submitted before the close of the May 10th meeting. The 

Member must be in Good Standing and have regularly attended meetings.


Nominations for the Home Association 3 Year Trustee held at the May 3rd Home Association meeting, with election to be held at 

the June 6th meeting. 


To be eligible to vote, you must be present your current (2018) Post 9 Membership Card at the door.


by Ken Haney – Post 9 Adjutant

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If you know of any Legionnaire who is sick, in distress, or recently passed away, please contact me at:, or call 610 252-6196, to let me know.

Please include their address or family contact and address. I will send a get well or sympathy card on behalf of Post 9

Thank You

Chaplain Vince Menegus


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Request DD-214’s

It’s official; DD-214s are online NOW!. The Nation Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following websites for Veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online:   or try

This may particularly helpful when a Veteran needs a copy of his DD-214 for employment purposes.

Military Veterans and next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the standard from 180, which can be downloaded from the website.

Because the requester will be asked to supply all the information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when further information is required will be minimized. The new web-based application eliminates the records center mailroom and reduces processing time. Please pass this information on to Veterans and their dependents you may know.

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To report the death of a Navy retiree, contact the DFAS at: 800-321-1080. Please have the decedent’s Social Securty Number (SSN) and the date of death.

Tom Rafferty

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Hall Rental:

Anyone wishing to rent the hall, please contact Terri Krecker (610- 533-4071

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To comply with the PA Liquor Control Board and/or Legion Standard By-Laws for Home Associations - Effective March 1, 2015, all Members of the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons must present their membership cards when ordering. Social Members must present their key card.


All Guests must sign in with their Sponsor’s name and card number. A GUEST IS LIMITED TO (3) VISITS PER CALENDAR YEAR!




Brown & Lynch Post 9

Home Association Board of Trustees


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