Legion dedicates new home in Stockport

STOCKPORT – The Hudson American Legion Post 184 conducted a ceremony on Saturday, September 30 to dedicate the newly acquired building at 107 County Route 25. The ceremony began with a procession by Post 184 Color Guard, the Stockport Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard, the Village Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps of Delmar, flag bearers from Boy Scout Troop 102, and a delegation of past commanders.

The post’s new commander, Ed Coons, welcomed the gathering. Congressman John Faso (R–19th) presented a flag that had been flown over the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. Remarks on the day were provided by Congressman Faso and state Senator Kathleen Marchione (R- 43rd) both of whom also assisted with the unveiling of the dedication plaque

Frank Dionda sang the National Anthem during the ceremony dedicating a new legion building. Pictured are (l to r) Congressman John Faso, Stockport Supervisor Matt Murrell, Mr. Dionda, Senator Kathleen Marchione, Post 184 Commander Ed Coons, Columbia County American Legion Commander James Garvey, Columbia County Veterans Services Director Gary Flaherty, and Chaplain Roger Bradley (in background with bugle). Photo by David Lee

The guest speaker was Command Sergeant Major Gary Flaherty, the county’s Veterans Services director. He spoke about the progress of the 2017 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act which extends the presumption of service connection for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure to service members of the “Blue Water Navy.”

Following the formal ceremony, lunch was served.

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