Chenango County American Legion to Host Top State Officials
(Photo by Mario Cristaldi)
On Friday, October 26, the American Legion Chenango County will host a joint visitation by the Legion’s top state level officials- Department of New York State Commander Gary Schacher, State Auxiliary President Marie Mock, State Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Commander James Coates, and Riders Director Bob Wallace. During the visitation, the officials will visit the NYS Veterans’ Home, tour the Chenango County Sheriffs Office, and have dinner at the American Legion Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC Post 189.
During their one-year terms in office, the officials travel to all of New York’s sixty-two counties and visit each of the state’s five veterans’ homes as part of the annual visitation. Their purpose is to coordinate Legion activities and to see what is being done for veterans and their families.
While in Chenango County, Commander Schacher, President Mock, Detachment Commander Coates, and Director Wallace are scheduled to begin their visitation at the NYS Veterans’ Home at Oxford. The State and District contingency will be escorted by the Post 189 American Legion Riders. At 11:00 a.m., the dignitaries will be given a guided tour of the Home and will hold a press conference. The Veterans’ Home will host a luncheon at noon. Immediately following, at 1:30 p.m., on their way to a tour of the Chenango County Sheriffs Office in Norwich, will be a quick stop at LaFayette Park in Oxford, to get a sneak peek at the new Veterans Memorial Walkway set around the Cole Fountain. The memorial, a work in progress, will feature personalized pavers to honor U.S. military members of all wars and conflicts.
That evening, Chenango County Commander, William H. Olsen will host a reception followed by a testimonial dinner. The dinner, starting with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC American Legion Post 189, located at 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich. The cost of the dinner is $25 per person and tickets are available at the door.