Today’s news:

Samuel Young Legion Post 620

Well, it’s official, Post 620 is the proud sponsor of Able Troop, 3-71 Cavalry Squadron, 10th Mountain Division. These folks are stationed at Ft. Drum in upstate NY and where I’ve spent some time with my Artillery Unit. Fascinating place. This group is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan next month and the Post will keep them in goodies like board games, card games, cookies, beef jerky, letters, cards and magazines. If anyone wants to help, drop off any thing to the post. No alcohol, perishables. Magazines are of the Time, Newsweek type along with military catalogues. Out of ten local kids from the Westchester Square area, Sam Young was the first to lose his life and is buried in Flanders Field in France. The rest of the kids got together and started this Post in 1919.

On Friday, December 19, the 1179 Transportation Brigade will be returning from Iraq. This unit will be arriving at Laguardia airport. The actual Homecoming Ceremony will take place at Ft. Totten. There will be a motorcycle escort by the Patriot Guard Riders, part of the Legion Riders. Any riders want to go, call LTC Anderson at (718) 748-1537, ext. 410 or e-mail him at

Anyone wanting to donate monies to veterans’ organizations or for that matter any other organization, please log onto this organization will let you know the honest ones.

Tony Salembini is correct, I am cuter, do not play the banjo, have a fun column, but like Tony I am a fierce proponent of vets causes. Glad he’s on my side.

Trivia Time!!

The Tappan Zee Bridge opened December 15, 1955.

The Boston Tea Party happened on December 16, 1775. I think we’re due for another.

On the same date in 1944, the “Battle of the Bulge” began.

The Wright Brothers had their firs flight on December 17, 1944. Today’s planes are longer than that flight.

Keep the troops in your prayers, hug a vet and God bless.

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