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Gold Star Mother’s Day Ceremony ,September 30th

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Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 30, 2018 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families. The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.” The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.

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Eagle Scout project dedicates a historical sign at The Hopper – Zabriskie Family Cemetery in Ho-Ho-Kus

photos courtesy of Joe Burns American Legion Post 53

July 11,2018

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Ho-Ho-Kus  NJ, on June 27th the borough of Ho Ho Kus  dedicated a historical sign at The Hopper – Zabriskie Family Cemetery in Ho-Ho-Kus. Located on at the lower train station parking lot. This hidden historical treasure was an Eagle Scout project by Alex Melarti, with help from Stan Kober. The project included a major cleanup, repairs, painting, adding mulch and gravel paths, erosion prevention, plantings, a new bench and the historical sign.

Pictured here(L to R) John Hanlon, Planning Bd President, Council President Doug Troast, Stan Kober, Project Liason, Scout Alex Melarti, Councilman Steve Shell, Borough Admin. Bill Jones, Chief Chris Minchin, and Councilman Kevin Crossley – special thanks to long time resident Joe Burns American Legion Post 53 for the pictures.

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The Wall is a Traveling Exhibit Commemorating Our Country’s Fight for Freedom from 1775 to Present Day!

July 10th ,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The Spirit of America’s Story:The Wall is a Traveling Exhibit Commemorating Our Country’s Fight for Freedom from 1775 to Present Day , “The Wall is a richly illustrated visual story of America’s struggles for freedom, a visual walk through our country’s history and our fight to be free. Our goal is to capture and preserve the spirit, the sacrifices and rich history of the American people. We do this by honoring those men and women in uniformed service who have and are currently serving and protecting our way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness both here and abroad.” (Quotation excerpted from www.spiritofamericasstory.com/) Courtesy of Stanley A. Kober.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Address: 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

November 12th thru November 18th ,2018

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September 24, 2017 our Nation and Ridgewood Honors our Gold Star Mothers and Families

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September 7, 2017

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Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 24, 2017 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families.  The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.”  The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.

In the aftermath of World War I, Washington D.C. resident Grace Darling Seibold formed an organization called Gold Star Mothers to support the moms who had lost sons and daughters to the war. Grace’s son, First Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, was an aviator killed in combat over France in 1918. In 1928, the small D.C.-based group decided to nationalize its efforts. In 1936, a joint congressional resolution established the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother’s Day. The Gold Star Mothers grew from a support group of 60 women to today’s extensive nationwide network with tens of thousands of members and hundreds of local chapters.

In Ridgewood, NJ the Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee will sponsor our seventh annual event commemorating Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 24th, at Van Neste Park. There will be a short ceremony starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. and hundreds of luminaries will be lit to honor Gold Star Mothers and their families. But in addition, our goal is to see thousands of other luminaries lit throughout Ridgewood and other towns on September 24th to honor the Gold Star Mothers and families!

Luminaries will be available for a donation before the ceremony at the following location:

Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander American Legion Post #53,

at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.  07450

Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup

Everyone also can stand with us in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and families by helping to raise awareness through:

talking to your family, friends, and neighbors about the event;

joining us at Van Neste Park; and,supporting this event with a donation (please make checks payable to the American Legion Post #53, write “Gold Star event” on the memo line, and send it to the American Legion Post #53, P.O. Box 1525, Ridgewood, NJ 07450).

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RIDGEWOOD MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE – MAY 29 – 11AM

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MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE – MAY 29 – 11AM

May 29,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 is conducting a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 29th 2017. It will take place at 11:00 am in Veterans Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. Everyone is invited to join us to honor all Americans who gave their lives so we can live in a free,secure and safe community

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Ridgewood’s Gold Star Mother’s Day Commemoration

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August 25th 2016
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Ridgewood NJ, On Sunday, September 25, 2016 our Nation honors our Gold Star Mothers and families. The Presidential Proclamation in 2011 commemorating this day pronounces, “As members of a grateful Nation, we owe a debt we can never repay, but hold this sacred obligation forever in our hearts, minds, and actions. We honor their sacrifice, and stand with our service members, military families, and Gold Star families as they have stood for us.”

The American Legion Post 53 and Ridgewood NJ’s Blue Star Families are committed to bringing awareness to our community and to commemorate the sacrifices these mothers and their families have made for our Country.In the aftermath of World War I, Washington D.C. resident Grace Darling Seibold formed an organization called Gold Star Mothers to support the moms who had lost sons and daughters to the war. Grace’s son, First Lieutenant George Vaughn Seibold, was an aviator killed in combat over France in 1918. In 1928, the small D.C.-based group decided to nationalize its efforts. In 1936, a joint congressional resolution established the last Sunday in September as

Gold Star Mother’s Day. The Gold Star Mothers grew from a support group of 60 women to today’s extensive nationwide network with tens of thousands of members and hundreds of local chapters.

In Ridgewood, NJ the Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee will sponsor our fourth annualevent commemorating Gold Star Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 25, 2016. There will be a short ceremony starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. and hundreds of luminaries will be lit to honor Gold Star Mothers and their families. But in addition, our goal is to see thousands of other luminaries lit throughout Ridgewood and other towns on September 27th to honor the Gold Star Mothers and families!

Luminaries will be available for a donation before the ceremony at the following

location:

Residence of Bob Paoli, Commander American Legion Post #53,at 368 N. Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. 07450

Call 201-445-1738 to arrange time to pickup

Everyone also can stand with us in honoring the Gold Star Mothers and families by

helping to raise awareness through:

 talking to your family, friends, and neighbors about the event;

 joining us at Van Neste Park; and,

 supporting this event with a donation (please make checks payable to the American

Legion Post #53, write “Gold Star event” on the memo line, and send it to the American Legion Post #53, P.O. Box 1525, Ridgewood, NJ 07450).

Thank you for your support and cooperation,/s/ Ridgewood, NJ Gold Star Mother’s Day Committee.

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Ridgewood Memorial Day

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May 26,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, The two major events on Memorial day in the Village of Ridgewood are the Fred D’Elia Ridgewood Run at Veteran’s Memorial Field, Monday at 8 a.m. and the American Legion Post 53 will host a service at Memorial Park Monday at 11 a.m. in Van Neste Square on East Ridgewood Avenue.

http://www.ridgewoodnj.net/village-government/community-calendar

Don’t you find it quite odd that the on-line Village “Community Calendar” has no information contained within about Memorial Day Services, nor The Ridgewood Run, nor Michael Feeney’s Greatest Day Ever, nor the upcoming Taste of Ridgewood?  Is someone asleep at the switch over there in Village Hall, or does the outgoing administration just in “we don’t give a damn” mode now?
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Ridgewood Council members and Council Elect Members Place Flags to Honor Veterans

Ridgewood Honors Veterans
photos courtesy of Ramon Hache
May 22,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Council members Mike Sedon and Susan Knudsen along with Council elect members Jeff Voigt , Ramon Hache and Bernie Walsh spent the morning at Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood placing flags at the graves of Veterans. Thanks to American Legion Post 53 and Andy Haderthauer for allowing us the opportunity to participate in this beautiful tradition.

The kids were proud too, to take part in the placement of flags on the graves of veterans at Valleau Cemetery.

The tradition is that shortly before Memorial Day, American Legion members place U.S. flags on the graves of their fallen comrades at Valleau Cemetery.

The listing were incomplete and the Legion knew that their quiet tribute missed the graves of some veterans in the 33-acre cemetery. Some graves at Valleau go as far back to the Civil War.

In the past the Legion used what could only be described as a low-tech system for noting the graves of veterans. It consisted of seven plywood boards in the shape of sections of the cemetery. On top of the boards were worn-out sheets of paper with the names of the veterans and the plot numbers. A lot of those names and plot numbers are illegible . We just had to computerize the whole system.

17-year-old Boy Scout Andy Haderthauer, a junior at Ridgewood High School heard about the problem at a Memorial Day Service and applied his computing skills to come up with a solution. Haderthauer put in about 130 hours of work to set up a computerized a system .

With the help of Valleau Cemetery Superintendent Guy Kostka, Haderthauer began his project in August. First he put the board names on the computer list, then set out on a tour of the cemetery, looking over some gravestones that date to the early 1800s.

He also  the help of some buddies and fellow Scouts, saving him days of walking the graveyard alone and three months later, Haderthauer had made up his list, and then used software to display the information by name and plot number.

Last year, there were only 350 graves at Valleau that were known to be the resting places of veterans. Now, double that number have been identified through Haderthauer’s efforts.

The project gained Haderthauer recognition as an Eagle Scout and the gratitude of the daughter of Master Sgt. Charles Ernest Hosking Jr. – a winner of the Medal of Honor. Hosking, a 24-year Army veteran, was awarded the military’s highest decoration after he was killed by an explosion in Vietnam in 1967. He jumped on a Vietnamese prisoner who was about to set off a grenade, protecting his men from the blast.

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Blue Star families honored at event in Ridgewood

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OCTOBER 28, 2015    LAST UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015, 9:30 AM
BY MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

American Legion Post 53 hosted a dinner at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (OLMC) Church two Fridays ago in honor of Blue Star families.
Such families have at least one member currently in the military. They can be distinguished by a Blue Star Banner placed on the front of their house, with the number of stars on the banner representing the number of family members currently in the military. These banners are restricted to immediate family only.

“All veteran organizations give a Blue Star Banner to families who have a member … serving in the military,” said Robert Paoli, commander of Post 53. “The banner is displayed in the window of the home or perhaps hanging on the front door.”

The village has a large Blue Star family population, according to Paoli.

“Ridgewood has currently 25 (Blue Star) families,” he said. “I have given out over 100 banners in my tenure in the legion in the last several years.”

The annual dinner, which was invite only, took place in the OLMC parish center, and was catered by Mangiamo Restaurant & Pizza in Paramus.

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/event-honors-blue-star-families-1.1442707

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Ridgewood American Legion honored for its service

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015, 12:31 AM
BY MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 was recently honored for its community service, receiving the Post Excellence Award.

The award, which is given to an American Legion post that has shown exceptional service to the community and those in need, was presented this summer at the 97th annual state convention at the Wildwood Convention Center, according to Bob Paoli, commander of the Ridgewood post.

To be considered for the award, a post must have achievements in the fields of membership, youth activities, community service and service to troops/veterans.

However, excellence in other categories is also a must, as evidenced by the fact that the Ridgewood post’s focus on “Americanism,” as Paoli puts it, was the thing that put the group over the edge.

“They praised us for American Legion principle No. 1, Americanism, for our annual Gold Star Mother’s Day event,” he said, referring to an event, hosted by the American Legion, at which mothers of fallen soldiers are honored. This year’s event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Van Neste Square (see sibebar).

While being recognized with the award is great for the individual post, it is also useful for the organization as a whole.

“The purposes of this award are membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the youth of the community and increased visibility of the American Legion Family through service projects,” the American Legion’s website said. “A post achieving this qualification will have had numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals.”

http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/clubs-and-service-organizations/legion-honored-for-its-service-1.1412701