Mattituck American Legion Elects New Officers, Seeks Volunteers to Place Flags on Graves

New officers of the Mattituck American Legion are sworn in on May 9. | photos courtesy Mattituck American Legion
New officers of the Mattituck American Legion are sworn in on May 3. | photos courtesy Mattituck American Legion

The “re-birth” continues… Mattituck American Legion Post 861 held an Installation Ceremony of new officers, including new Post Commander John Ribeiro of Mattituck (U.S. Army Captain, Operations Officer, MACV Training Team), during their May 3 monthly meeting.

Officiating over the ceremony was Suffolk County American Legion Commander Mike Pankowski of Riverhead.

Outgoing Post Commander Bobby Neudeck of Mattituck, also honored during the evening, said that he is proud of Post 861’s growth this past year, stating, “I’m looking forward to the youth coming in, and continuing our Post’s traditions.”

Incoming Commander John Ribeiro and outgoing Commander Robert Neudeck at the swearing in ceremony | courtesy Mattituck American Legion
Incoming Commander John Ribeiro and outgoing Commander Robert Neudeck at the swearing in ceremony | courtesy Mattituck American Legion

In addition to Mr. Ribeiro, Art Tillman was sworn in as Post Adjutant and Chaplain, Ronald Breuer was sworn in as 1st Vice Commander, Robert Neudeck was sworn in as 2nd Vice Commander, Robert Dean was sworn in as Treasurer, Lisa A Dabrowski was sworn in as Public Information Officer and Edward Thompson was sworn in as Sergeant of Arms and WebMaster.

Post 861 has already hosted a variety of activities this year, including a Legion Membership Bowling Party, held at the Riverhead Polish Hall, and Veterans’ Social Nights, with the next one being on Friday, May 25th, at the Legion Hall. Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Legion Hall, located at 600 Wickham Avenue, Mattituck, and start at 6:30 p.m.

The Post will also be placing American flags on the graves of veterans located in Old Bethany and New Bethany cemeteries in Mattituck.

Nancy Wells of Mattituck, whose husband and son served our country and are interred in New Bethany cemetery, has donated 500 flags for the Legion, Auxiliary, loved ones, friends and Scouts to place on veterans’ graves at both cemeteries.
 
The Legion does not know the locations of all the veterans’ graves and needs the public’s help.  If you had a friend or loved who served our country and would like to have a flag placed, please join Legion volunteers at New Bethany Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19.  
 
New Bethany is located on Main Street Rt. 25 Mattituck just to the East of the Shopping Center.   When completed volunteers will then go to Old Bethany, adjacent to the Mattituck Presbyterian Church.
 
May 19th is Armed Forces Day and the Legion would like to have all veterans who have passed away recognized on Memorial Day, May 28.  
 
Should you need a flag to place on a veteran’s grave in another location, the Legion will provide a flag for you.
 
For more information, contact Art Tillman, Adjutant at 631-298-9587.  
 

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