In 2013, Glenwood Landing American Legion Post 336 members Joe Brandes and Ken Kraft decided to upgrade their 21-year-old display cabinet full of old trophies. They began putting together a display of U.S. military artifacts from the Civil War through the war on terror with items donated by members, friends and neighbors from their North Shore community in Glen Head, N.Y. Their "Military Museum" was fortunate to have Joe's brother-in-law, Phillip Ledeur, contribute many military items he had collected over the years. Shortly thereafter, several other veterans began donating some of their personal items from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. This year one of our post members made a generous donation that allowed the addition of two new custom-made cabinets to house other donated military paraphernalia that has enhanced our collection. Richard Hartney, a highly respected post member who served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea in 1952, said that seeing the items makes him reminisce about his years of service, and the museum has created a bond between all those members who proudly served their county when called to do so."
With our museum updates completed around the 100th anniversary of The American Legion, our post sincerely hopes that our residents will take the time to see the history that exists within their own community. Some of our members have volunteered to host groups of students from our local schools in the near future, as Post 336 sponsors boys and girls from our community for Boys and Girls State attendance as well as awarding a. scholarship to a deserving college-bound student at the end of each school year. Our post also invites members of our community to visit the museum each year while commemorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Post 336 is proactive in finding new members, and welcomes any veteran to visit our post and also check out our new website at www.post336.com.