G.I. Joe, which was erected by the young men of New Brighton (Granito-Smith Post 1296) in honor of those who died during World War II.


75 years of Granito-Smith Post 1296

Staten Island, NY

American Legion Granito-Smith Post 1296 from Staten Island, N.Y., will be celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Over the course of these years, the men who belong to the post have preserved the traditions and history, dating back to its early days, honoring Carmine Granito, William Smith and the men of New Brighton who lost their lives.

The members have ensured Post 1296 has been an integral part of the community, sponsoring programs for those who are less fortunate, visiting hospitals, attending funerals, and speaking at schools about honoring the country.

The post celebrates its annual Memorial Day service, remembering the men from the small New Brighton town who paid the ultimate sacrifice. It's a reminder for all who attend just why we are living with freedom.

In 2012, the post pushed for their beloved G.I. Joe statue to be moved from a courtyard to the Goodhue Center. The statue was no longer hidden from the public's eye, but now out for all to see. It sits at the street named "Granito-Smith."

Thanks to Commander Charles A. Navarino, Sons of The American Legion Commander Anthony J. Navarino, and Treasurer Ralph R. Granito, the post is still standing stronger than ever.

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