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State veteran leaders to visit County American Legion

January 11, 2019 11:39 am

HUDSON — Leaders from the American Legion, Department of New York, will be the guests of honor during a visitation luncheon Jan. 21 at Chatham Post 42, hosted by the Columbia County American Legion.

The keynote speaker will be New York Department Gary M. Schacher, County American Legion Commander James Garvey. Announced, adding that Department Auxiliary President Marie Mock, Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander James Coates and Legion Riders Director will also be on the dais and offering remarks.

The event will get underway with a social half-hour at 1 p.m. followed by lunch at 1:30 p.m. at the post, 34 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham. Tickets are $25 each and can be obtained by contacting local posts or calling Harvey at 518-828-6786. Reservation deadline is Jan. 15.

This year’s luncheon replaces the usual visitation dinner, Commander Garvey noted, explaining the earlier event is designed to accommodate older Legionnaires who are reluctant to drive at night.

Commander Schacher, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran, was elected last summer at the 100th annual convention of the oldest war-time veterans organization in the world nation. As commander, he is the leader of the 100,000 New York legionnaires.

Following his military service, Commander Schacher was employed by New York State, retiring from the New York State Police as manager of the Information Technical Support Center.

State leaders will be joined at the luncheon by other department officials and district leaders, as well as local members of the legion family and friends.