Somers American Legion centennial event April 18

Somers, CT


On Thursday, April 18, 2019, 2:00–4:00 p.m., the Town of Somers wishes to call to the attention of its citizens The American Legion’s and Buck-Dubiel Post 101’s record of achievements during the 100 years since its founding. The Somers Board of Selectmen and guest speakers First Selectman C.G. ‘Bud’ Knorr Jr,, Second Selectman Kathy Devlin, and Third Selectman Timothy Potrikus, are pleased to recognize the impact Post 101 has had upon the Town of Somers as well as American society.
We are also blessed to welcome guest speaker and State Representative Kurt Vail, who represents the 52nd District of Somers and Stafford and currently serves as the ranking member on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Mr. Vail will be presenting a CT State proclamation to Buck-Dubiel Post 101.
Post 101 Cmdr. David McCaffrey will then accept the Somers and CT proclamations and deliver a short speech on The American Legion and Post 101's relevancy for the past 100 years and beyond. The New England Region NVC for The American Legion will proceed with a few words regarding the honorable declarations.
Distinguished guests also include American Legion leaders A/NEC Bob Murray, Dept. of CT Cmdr. Tom Flowers, 4th District Cmdr. Jeff DeClerck and Sr. Vice Cmdr. Ron Coderre.
Post 101 Jr. Vice Cmdr. Paul Martinello, who represents the 42nd Infantry-12th Division, will be participating in the ceremony as a “doughboy” in recognition of the contributions of our WWI veterans. The term “doughboy” is one of the nicknames given to those who fought in World War I – “the Great War.”
Post 101 is also pleased to be teaming with our local BSA Scouts Troop 387 and Cub Scout Pack 83 for this significant event. as well as unveiling custom-designed American Legion steel flag retirement boxes which were gifts to Post 101 as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award Project by local Somers Girl Scout Hanna Jewell.
Weather permitting; the ceremony will take place outdoors, in front of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main Street, Somers, CT. In case of inclement weather, all activities will occur in the auditorium at the town hall.
Look for the large banner hanging across the entrance to the town hall, donated by the Town of Somers and DG Graphics owner David Marti, SAL Squadron 101 member. All Somers residents and guests are welcome to attend the ceremony and reception.

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