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Post 162 Donates to the Pat Tillman Foundation

September 11, 2018.  American Legion Post 162 of Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake and Old Tappan made a formal presentation of a $500 donation to the Pat Tillman Foundation.   The donation is in support of Post Judge Advocate Kathy Maalouf's participation in the NYC Marathon in November. Kathy, who serves as a Commander in the US Navy Reserve, is participating as part of Team Red White and Blue, whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.  The Tillman Foundation is named after Pat Tillman who, after 911,  sacrificed a multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL to enlist in the United States Army and serve as an Army Ranger.  He was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004 where he had participated in several combat missions.  If you are interested in donating to Kathy's 26.2 mile run, please visit this web site.  https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/pat-tillman-foundation-nyc-2018/katherinemaalouf.  Tillman is a true example of service beyond self, someone who sacrificed everything for a cause he believed in.

Pictured are Post Commander Phil Langner,  Kathy, and Vice Commander Doug Frank







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We Must Never Forget

Members of the Post participated in the silent observance of 911 organized by the Hillsdale Fire Department.   Borough Emergency Responders  and military veterans line up facing southern Manhattan, which  was the loction of the World Trade Centers.  All come to attention and salute at the two specific times that the planes hit the towers. The observance is in silence and lasts about 25 minutes.




POW MIA Ceremony


American Legion Post 162 held its annual POW/MIA ceremony as part of its meetings on September 5th.  The Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, is a semi-official place of honor in some dining facilities of the US armed forces in memory of fallen, missing in action, or prisoner of war military service-members. The table serves as the focal point of ceremonial remembrance, originally growing out of US concern of the Vietnam War POW/MIA.

The ceremony was led by Post Chaplain Ray Matz.  The ceremony is set around a place setting on a table indicating that a member of the armed forces is still missing in action.  The recent return of United States Military remains from Korea, over 60 years after the war ended, is proof that many are still unaccounted for.

The small table is set for one, representing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors.

The table is usually set close to, or within sight of, the entrance to the dining room. 

The table is round showing our everlasting concern for our POW/MIA's. 

The cloth is white symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. 

The single red rose signifying the blood they may have shed in sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our beloved United States of American. This rose, reminding us of the family and friends of our missing comrades who keep the faith, while awaiting their return. 

The yellow ribbon stands for the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight. 

A slice of lemon reminding us of the bitter fate of those missing, captured and held as prisoners in foreign lands. 

A pinch of salt denoting the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty. 

The Holy Bible represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst. 

The lighted candle reflects the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. 

The glass is inverted symbolizing their inability to share this evening's toast.

This ceremony is repeated around the work at Veterans Organizations and US Military bases.  Those who served will never forget their comrades.


Dedicaton of Frank A. Hill Causeway

In July 2017, the new causeway over the Woodcliff Lake dam was dedicated to Colonler Frank A. Hill, a Hillsdale resident who became one of the first Aces of the Army Air Corps in World War II.  Vice Commander, and then Mayor Doug Frank worked with Legionnaire and Hillsdale Police Captain Sean Smith to get the project completed.  Suez Water which owns the causeway gave the town the opportunity to name the causeway.  Doug and Sean worked with Suez and the Hill Family to get a plaque designed and installed. Suez paid for the plaque and the Hillsdale DPW installed it.  The Hill Family traveled from around the country to attend the dediction.  Pictured with Sean and Doug are the three children of Colonel Hill and on the far left, Rich Henning, VP of Suez. Also below is a picture of the plaque recognizing another military veteran who served our country.





Mid Summer Canteen

Post members met for coffee and donuts Wednesday August 1st.  It was an opportunity to socialize as well as to hear updates on Post Activities from Commander Langner, Adjutant Fonde and Vice Commanders Frank and Gela.  During the summer months, the officers continue to plan for the upcoming year of activities.  This way we can hit the ground running in September.  Service Officer Fred Grimaldi thanked Demarest Farms for donating the donuts for the meeting.  He claims that the thick coffee he made (that could hold up a spoon)  was Navy coffee.  But several members with first hand knowledge of Navy coffee took issue with his characterization.  Fred, an Army veteran, made some delicious coffee he presented as Army coffee.



Operation Backpack

We continue to support Operation Backpack of the Bergen County Division of Veterans Services, which is helping to provide clothing and necessities to needy veterans. At the end of June, we donated clothing that can be used  for job interviews or any other occasion where they need a dress shirt and slacks.  Pictured below on the left  with Commander Langner is   A. J. Luna the Director of the Divison of Veterans Services in Bergen County. Pictured below on the right is our February 2018 donation. The Division works hard to provide support of veterans in financial need. They recently completed installng ramps at qualified veterans homes to allow them easy access.  if you are a veteran in need, contact our Service Officer, Fred Grimaldi. 




Hillsdale Five Plaques Update

We are working with the Borough to provide better protection and landscaping around the bases of the plaques at our sports fields. They were dedicated in 2015 to honor the five young men who died while fighting for our country in Vietnam.




New Members

Pictured bleow on the left is Commander Langner and Legionnaire Joseph Sgroi.  Joe is a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.  He has made an immediate impact on the post by being one of our top five Poppy Program contributors.  Congratulations Joe! Pictured below on the right with Commander Langner are new members Adam Tate, US Army (Desert Shield),  Ji Park, US Navy (Active Duty) and Tom Kelley, US Navy (Desert Shield).





Flag Services

The Post respectfully retires worn flags a couple of times a year. We are helped by the Hillsdale DPW who let us use the back of their yard for the ceremonial disposal.

One of the first things our new Sons of the Americal Legion squadron did was to replace a worn flag at the Hillsdale home of Visnu Gonzales, a disabled Marine who was seriously injured in Iraq.


Memorial Day 2018