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Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 to honor Gold Star Families for their sacrifice

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Ridgewood NJ, please join Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 as they honor Gold Star Families for their sacrifice. To learn more about the placement of a permanent tribute to Gold Star Families in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square or to donate to the project please see the following:

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Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 : Flag Raising Wilsey Square – 9AM


July 4,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The annual flag raising in Wilsey Square starts The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration off in true patriotic style. The event includes a short program based on the theme of each year’s parade and a traditional flag raising. Throughout the history of the celebration the parade and firework portions have on occasion been forgone due to funding or security concerns however the flag raising has occurred without interruption since the start of the committee in 1910. This year join your fellow patriots in the longest continually celebrated tradition in the history of The Ridgewood Fourth of July Celebration. We look forward to seeing you there!

2018 Flag Raising Order of Events
Recognition of Special Guests
Flag Raising by Ridgewood American Legion Post 53
“To the Colors”
“The Star Spangled Banner”

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Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 placed U.S. flags on the graves of their fallen comrades at Valleau Cemetery

Armed Forces day

photos courtesy of Mayor Susan Knudsen

May 21,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, for Armed Forces day Mayor Susan Knudsen and Councilwomen Bernie Walsh along with other Ridgewood residents helped the American Legion Post 53 members place U.S. flags on the graves of their fallen comrades at Valleau Cemetery.

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Hundreds of flags were placed on the graves of soldiers with the help of many volunteers including boy scouts and girl scouts.

On August 31, 1949, Louis Johnson, who was the United States’ Secretary of Defense, announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The event stemmed from the armed forces’ unification under one department – the Department of Defense.

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May 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 is conducting a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 29th 3017. It will take place at 11: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 Honors Veterans

May 16,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 will be placing over 900 flags on veterans gravesites on Saturday, May 20th 2017. We will meet at at 9:am at Valleau Cemetery.

Everyone is invited to help us in this endeavor to honor those men and women in time for Memorial Day. Bring your children and friends and neighbors. A brief rite will take place  with playing of TAPS .

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5 Reasons to Love The American Legion on Its Birthday

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At Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood NJ 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.

EOD Warrior Foundation helps EOD veterans and recognizes the importance of historical organization, The American Legion

February 28,2017

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Ridgewood NJ , Over the course of two days in 1919, March 15-17, members of the American Expeditionary Force met for the first caucus of The American Legion in Paris, France. Little did they know the organization they would form, would go on to become the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, and one of the most influential nonprofits in the U.S.

“We are very proud of The American Legion, and appreciative of all of the great work they have done over the last 98 years,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “They have touched many lives, set an incredible example, and made a tremendous impact on our country.”

There are many reasons to love The American Legion, including these five:

  1. Advocating patriotism and honor. Especially during the times when people are questioning and marching against the government, it’s great to have an organization that reminds people why it is important to have a spirit of patriotism. It is this patriotism that reminds us that we have a country are worth fighting for, and it is one of the American Legion’s primary focus areas.
  2. Mentoring youth. The youth of the nation are the next ones who will help care and protect it. Today’s youth will step into the active duty boots of tomorrow’s veterans. Mentoring them is crucial and is a big part of what The American Legion does. They have created a wide variety of youth programs, ranging from baseball and scholarships to youth cadet law enforcement.
  3. Promote national security. Without being able to defend the country and its borders, our national security is at risk. The American Legion works to promote a strong national security, making it part of their mission for the protection of us all.
  4. Temporary financial assistance. The organization has programs to help veteran’s families and veterans themselves when financial crisis arises. Their programs range from providing temporary financial grants to help cover shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses, as well as programs that help veterans who have experienced disasters.
  5. Fight for veterans. While veterans have fought for the country, The American Legion has their back and fights for them. The organization advocates for benefits for them, offers resources to homeless vets, and has programs and initiatives to help care for the nation’s veterans.

“The organization has helped many people around the country, with no signs of slowing down as they approach their 100th year,” added Motsek.

The American Legion, an organization dedicated to helpfulness, has 2.4 million members, with 14,000 posts around the world. The group was evolved from a group of war-weary veterans during World War I.

The EOD Warrior Foundation is an organization that helps the families of the 7,000 people in our military who are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians, who perform bomb disposal duties. The EOD Warrior Foundation helps this elite group by providing financial relief, therapeutic healing retreats, a scholarship program, care of the EOD Memorial Wall located at Eglin AFB, Fla. and more. Their work is supported by private donations and the generosity of those who support the organization.  To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, or see their fundraising events calendar, visit their site at:

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Ridgewood American Legion to Honor Blue Star Families on October 16th

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American Legion to Honor Blue Star Families
Fri, October 16, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Mt. Carmel RC Church, 1 Passaic St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood American Legion Post 53, a 501 (c) (19) tax exempt veterans’ organization, would be privileged to have you partner with them to honor the families of currently deployed American military personnel. Every October the post hosts a dinner at Mount Carmel RC Church for all Blue Star families in our area. Approximately 100 local residents attend. This year’s dinner will be October 16 at 6:30pm.

Since WWI a Blue Star banner proudly displayed in the window announced to the world that the residents of that house had a family member on military duty. The veterans of Post 53 have distributed over 50 banners to local families.

As America counted on them during their time of military service to protect our freedoms, local towns count on them during our time of community service to teach and demonstrate their freedoms to others. One key way is sharing our pride in our troops with their families. The Legion hopes you can join them.

Contact for details.