MCL - In Memory of Silvio Mazzella

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

MCL - 2021 Bronx Toys for Tots Collection

Bronx 2021 Toys for Tots Collection Campaign

Mission Complete
(Left to Right) Top Row: Owen Mangan, Sgt Chase Schmidt, LCpl Peter Wilkens, LCpl Brian Salcedo, Bottom Row: Ferdinand Garcia, Joe Ronda, Jorge Carriles, George Pasiuk 
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

    The annual Toys for Toys collection campaign was conducted with the help of local businesses, veterans organizations, and active duty Marines. This program's goal is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. 

    Members of the Marine Corps League Yankee Detachment #255, American Legion Post #620, and 6th Communications Battalion conducted a highly coordinated effort of distribution and collection in support of the Toys for Tots campaign. Beginning in November, collection boxes were distributed across the Bronx to business that support the program as collection locations. This year the group collected approximately 2700 toys which beat the previous year's record. 

    Special thanks to the American Legion Post #620 and 6th Comm Bn for the success of this campaign. Below are photos from their successful collection efforts completed in mid December. 

Update 12/23: Additional pickup from Tilloston Ave, Cube Smart increased the total collection to a final total of 3000 toys. Special thanks to Ferdinand Garcia for making this happening.  

Official Transfer of Toys
(Left to Right) Top Row: Jorge Carriles, George Pasiuk, Ferdinand Garcia, Sgt Chase Schmidt, LCpl Peter Wilkens, Owen Mangan, LCpl Brian Salcedo, Kneeling: Joe Ronda
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

Standing Tall with the Toys
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

Owen Mangan with members of the FDNY displaying their toy collection

Filled to the Rim
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

(Left to Right) George Pasiuk Owen Mangan, Sgt Chase Schmidt, LCpl Peter Wilkens
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

(Left to Right) George Pasiuk Owen Mangan, Ferdinand Garcia, LCpl Brian Salcedo
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

(Left to Right) Top Row: George Pasiuk, LCpl Brian Salcedo, LCpl Peter Wilkens, Sgt Chase Schmidt
Photo By: Maritza Poventud Garcia

Monday, December 20, 2021

MCL - In Memory of Silvio Mazzella

    Marines it is my sad duty to report that Marine Silvio Mazzella has passed on and now guards Heavens Gates. I did not know Silvio personally but he was a member of Yankee 255 until his recent passing. Silvio was a big presence in the Morris Park community, heavily involved with the Community Board and organizer of various Veterans events, he will be sorely missed by all that knew him. I have no arrangements as of yet, if anyone hears of anything please let me know.   

Slow hand salute.    
Semper Fi Marine

Monday, November 8, 2021

MCL - Yankee Det #255 Marine Corps League Birthday Celebration


We are making final preparations for our Marine Corps Birthday celebration Friday 12 Nov 2021, 1900hrs. Due to the pandemic and our inability to generate revenue we are asking for a suggested donation of $20 per person for the evening, this includes the full meal and open bar. This is a suggested donation, we hope all understand, we will not turn away anyone that is not able to donate.                  
Semper Fi
Owen P. Mangan
Yankee Det #255

Friday, November 5, 2021

American Legion - New York City Veterans Day Parade ASSEMBLY LOCATION AND TIME

James W. Casey

    The American Legion Department of New York will once again be marching down the ‘CANYON OF HEROS’ in New York City on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2021. The parade was cancelled last year due to the ongoing pandemic and there are still some limitations in the city, and we will be following them to the letter. The Lt. B.R. Kimlau Post #1291 color guard will be leading us this year and the American Legion float will follow us down the parade route. You are welcome to ride the float if you need to but remember it is limited in space. A few years back the weather was extremely cold and windy so please dress appropriately. The parade committee only allows us one color guard and no additional flags or banners except for the DNY American Legion banner. I have been informed that a contingent from National Headquarters will be attending and doing a podcast along the route. Delegations from our neighboring states are also planning to attend and it will be nice to see them once again as things slowly creep back to normal. In previous years we have assembled around noon on 28th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway and we dispersed at 48th Street. Traditionally we would assemble at P. J. Morgan’s pub after the parade to raise a glass to all our fellow Veterans who were not with us on that day, I’m sorry to say that that will not happen this year due to Covid restrictions. If you would like to continue the tradition, please don’t bring a large group to a pub as some still have capacity restrictions and Covid Vaccination cards may be required. As soon as I am notified of our exact staging area and time, I will let you know. Please come and join us as we salute our fellow Veterans and continue this great tradition.
James W. Casey
Group Name: American Legion Department of New York

Assembly location: 26th bw 6th & 5th Aves

Enter Parade area via: 6th Ave & 26th St

Assembly location notes:

Arrival Time - Marchers (including float riders): 1:30 - 1:45pm

Arrival Time - Vehicles: N/A
Arrival Notes : Float is on 24th bw 6th & 5th Aves

Thursday, November 4, 2021

MCL - 246th Marine Corps Birthday!

Attention on Deck:  10 November is the official birthday of the Marine Corps. I will be raising a glass as I do every year in honor of that day! I invite Marines and Veterans alike to join me for this simple gesture at Post 620, 1800hrs, 10 Nov 2021. This is not the MCL Ceremony on Friday at the Post.
Owen P. Mangan
Yankee Det #255

American Legion - Veterans Day Parade N.Y.C. November 11, 2021

The Suffolk County Detachment #247 of the Marine Corps League is leading the Marine Corps contingent in this year's Veterans Day parade in New York City on November 11, 2021.

The Marines will assemble at 1130 hours at 25 street between 5-6 Avenues.

The parade will start at 1215-1230 hours and continue to 45th street.

For more information, please contact the Suffolk County Detachment Commandant Carmine Raineri at 631-739-4878.

Semper Fi -Happy 246th Birthday Marines.

Vinny Annunziata
LI Area Vice Commandant 
Marine Corps League

American Legion - Veteran Day Benefits For You To Enjoy-2021

Please consider taking advantage for these benefits that YOU earned!!

Pass on to the members of your Post.
I look forward to seeing you at the "Winged Victory" monument at Pelham Bay Park.  We will be starting the ceremonies at 10:30am to insure all have the ability to attend all ceremonies of your choice.
Continue to be safe.

Peter Del-Debbio
Bronx County 


Monday, October 18, 2021

MCHF - October Marine Minute

Museum Updates
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Department of Defense guidance and in response to rising levels in local COVID-19 cases, all visitors to the National Museum of the Marine Corps over the age of two are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. To learn more about the Museum’s COVID-19 protocols designed to keep you safe, please visit
Marine Corps Birthday News
November 10, 2021 marks the 246th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. As is tradition, the Museum will host a cake cutting ceremony in celebration. The Museum is also holding a special Family Day on November 13 featuring birthday-themed craft activities in honor of the 15th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. More information on the cake cutting ceremony and Family Day will be coming soon. 
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2022 Awards Program Nominations Open Soon
The Foundation’s Annual Awards Program resumes this fall after a hiatus due to COVID-19. The Awards Program honors creative works which preserve or advance Marine Corps history, traditions, culture and/or service. Marines and civilians are eligible to submit their own artistic entries or the distinguished work of others. The Annual Awards are presented in 17 categories including journalism, documentary, literature, screenplay, photography and poetry.
For a detailed list of the Awards and submission requirements, please visit
Opening of We, the People exhibition in Museum's Combat Art Gallery
On November 1, 2021 the Museum’s Combat Art Gallery will open a new exhibition titled We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America. Featuring works by watercolorist Mary Whyte, the exhibition is a tribute to military veterans who are an essential part of the strength and fabric of America. The series of fifty large-scale watercolors depicts a veteran from every state. Whyte’s paintings are displayed around the world from here in the U.S. to Thailand and beyond. Her work has received numerous awards including the Portrait Society of America’s Gold Medal. The exhibition closes July 24, 2022.
Traveling Combat Art Exhibit opens at the National Museum of the Pacific War
The traveling combat art exhibition titled Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2018 is now on display at the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas. The exhibition remains in Texas until January 1, 2022. The majority of the 36 works of art by 15 combat artists originates from the inaugural Combat Art Gallery exhibition at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The Foundation is also pleased to announce three additional upcoming locations for the exhibition: The St. George Art Museum in St. George, Utah February-April 2022; the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio June-November 2022 and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum in College Station, Texas May-September 2023.

Inaugural Heritage Award Recipient Nickolas Davatzes' Passing
Marine Corps veteran Nickolas Davatzes, who was instrumental in creating the cable television networks A&E and the History Channel, passed away earlier this year. Davatzes, the son of a Marine, was a staunch supporter of educational and public affairs programming. He and LtGen Victor H. Krulak USMC were the recipients of the Foundation’s first Heritage Award in 1988. The Heritage Award recognizes an individual who has provided unique and significant service to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in the fulfillment of its mission to preserve and promulgate the history, traditions and culture of the Marine Corps and educate all Americans in its virtues. We extend our sincere condolences to the Davatzes family.
Limited Showing at Medal of Honor Theater
For a limited time, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will show Clint Eastwood’s classic film "Heartbreak Ridge." The comedy film takes place during the U.S. invasion of Grenada which began Oct 25, 1983 and lasted just four days. The invasion was in response to a declaration from then President Ronald Reagan citing the threat posed to nearly 1,000 American nationals from the Caribbean island nation of Grenada’s pro-Marxist regime. The film will be shown in the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ Giant Screen Certified Medal of Honor Theater. 
"Heartbreak Ridge" is rated R and contains considerable profanity, violence and sexual themes. Viewers under 17 require an accompanying parent or adult guardian. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before considering bringing young children.
WHEN:          Saturday, October 23 at 11:30 a.m.
                     Sunday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m. 
To learn more and watch the trailer click here. To purchase tickets click here.
World War II Tarawa Battlefield Crosses
History Flight’s chief operating officer Justin D. LeHew recently donated a variety of crosses and other artifacts to the Museum from the World War II battlefield of Tarawa, an atoll in the Pacific where more than 1,000 Marines were killed in combat with the Japanese. The crosses were erected to mark the gravesites of those who gave their lives there as well as for some who died of their injuries but were buried at sea. Other artifacts include a glass ampoule of iodine, a poncho that was used for burials and Japanese and American helmets and canteens. Stay tuned for more information about the artifact display.
Charitible Giving Tip
Thank you to all of our friends who support the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation with gifts from their estates. Unfortunately, we don’t learn about many of these gifts until after the donor has passed away. Six years ago, we heard from two supporters – Jerry and Susan. Jerry told us he hadn’t given it much thought but he’d get in touch with us if he were interested in making a gift from his will. We never heard back from Jerry. Susan was considering a gift and we sent her information on ways to do so. This year Jerry passed away and we received a gift from his estate. And Susan called to say she was naming the MCHF as a beneficiary of her estate. Sadly, we were not able to thank Jerry during his lifetime nor learn what it was that motivated him to include us in his will. On the other hand, we have personally thanked Susan and learned that inspiration for her gift came from her son, for whom the Marine Corps was very important. He passed away a year after his return from Iraq. While we appreciate each and every gift, the donor’s personal story and the inspiration for the gift are also important. If you’ve already included the Foundation in your estate plans, please let us know. If you would like to explore ways to do so, contact Gayle Union at or call 703.586.7463. There is, of course, no obligation and all inquiries are confidential.
We hope that you enjoy receiving these monthly updates from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. As a valued member and contributor to the MCHF, we want to provide you with timely news regarding our activities and ongoing support of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. We appreciate your support and welcome any feedback.
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Friday, October 15, 2021

AL - A financial boost for your post Inbox

Legion grant provides financial support for posts
It’s been a year since The American Legion’s Mission Blue Post Assistance Program went into effect following the adoption of Resolution No. 36 by the National Executive Committee during the 2020 Fall Meetings. The program provides eligible American Legion posts financially affected by COVID-19 government restrictions with up to a $1,000 grant.
Commander's Message: Buddy Checks for Veterans Day
Buddy Checks are particularly timely since Veterans Day is next month. It’s a perfect time to conduct Buddy Checks on post members and veterans in the community so I am encouraging departments and posts to make calls during the week of Nov. 11. Read More
Adjutant's Message: A welcome home for Afghanistan veterans
Florida Post 149 put on a parade and expo for Afghanistan veterans, and any other U.S. veterans, on Sept. 25 in Newberry. The event was originally to take place at the post but was moved to the 7,000-square-foot Clark Plantation, a wedding venue, because of the outpouring of support from sponsors and vendors who wanted to participate. Read More
Share how your Legion post strengthens America
The American Legion’s motto, “Veterans Strengthening America,” now has a category on the popular Legiontown site where members can post stories and photos of their activities. Read More
Departments: new membership incentive pays
In his closing remarks to the National Executive Committee Oct. 7 during the annual Fall Meetings in Indianapolis, American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard was excited to announce a new membership incentive for departments. Read More
Dillard announces a new membership engagement initiative
Membership engagement is a priority for American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard. Whether it’s current, expired or potential members, it’s important to engage with these individuals and show them the value of membership in The American Legion. Read More
2022 National Membership Awards Points Manual
The manual can be viewed and downloaded here.
Renew your membership through
American Legion membership renewal for 2021-2022 can be easily, and safely, done through your MyLegion account. Read More
Publicity is 'cheapest way for recruitment'
Together, past Minnesota Post 594 Commander John Flynn and current Commander Wayne Beierman helped save the post by turning around membership – from 77 members to now 410. Read More
Rally Around the Flag: What is your flag moment?
The American Legion is invigorating pride for and building awareness about why the U.S. flag matters. To support this effort, The American Legion would like to hear from you about your pride for the symbol of unity and freedom. Read More
Screen World War II documentary at your post
Ten years after his grandfather’s passing, Mark Pedri began to discover a man he had never known. A native of Rock Springs and member of Sons of The American Legion Squadron 24, Mark uses film to chronicle what it took to finally and truly know his late grandfather - a World War II POW. Read More
American Legion news you may have missed
Read more American Legion news here.
Download the 2021 Veterans Day speech
The suggested speech can be used for American Legion posts, district and department Veterans Day events. Download the speech here.
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New Mission Blue Post Assistance eligibility requirements set to help more posts affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

OCTOBER 13, 2021