Monday, May 13, 2013

Homecoming Troops Get Support from Pequannock

By Christopher Lotito
Pompton Plains Paul Revere Hall
by Flickr: Christopher Lotito

The Sons of the American Legion in Pequannock Township is looking for new members and also hopes to start a Daughters of the American Legion group on Thursday May 30th, 2013 at 6:30pm.

With the likely withdrawal of 50,000 or more American troops from Afghanistan by next year, more and more soldiers are looking forward to civilian life stateside.  A number of those are returning to friends and family in Pequannock, NJ and moving forward to build lives and families from there.

At the same time, the number of aging veterans requiring medical treatment and assistance increases each day as World War II and Korean Vets get older and even Vietnam Vets approach their golden years.  In fact, by Wikipedia's account, there are no longer any surviving veterans of World War I, a shock to many who recall them as fond fixtures at Memorial Day parades and events throughout the 20th century.

Pequannock hopes to welcome back our veterans with a bit more than a handshake and a "Thank you for your service!" through the founding of a Sons of the American Legion Chapter under the auspices of American Legion #242 Lookoff Post at the historic Paul Revere Hall.

This past week, founding members Rich Phelan and Christopher Lotito met with other charter members and leadership from the American Legion #242 to hammer out the leadership roster and start planning for future events.

Melissa Florance-Lynch was also in attendance, representing a number of women who have expressed interest in participating through a Daughters of the American Legion group, which is still in the works.

All who are interested in participating with the Legion, which provides a number of services including: Veteran's grave decoration and maintenance, Memorial Day Parade planning, and several charitable dinners and events throughout each year, should attend the next meeting Thursday May 30th at 6:30pm in the newly renovated downstairs lounge facilities at Paul Revere Hall next to Gilly's restaurant at 700 Newark-Pompton Turnpike in Pompton Plains.

Immediately following this short organizational meeting, the reception for member Christopher Lotito's June photography show will occur, with refreshments.  All who read this are welcome to stop by to view the new work and enjoy some refreshments.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District and Open Space Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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