The Covid-19 pandemic brought about many challenges for everyone. In light of the pandemic and multiple closings, was our cancellation of our very special 100th Year Anniversary celebration.
Our celebration will take place on July 24, 2021 from 9:30am to 4pm. We are very pleased to announce that we have rescheduled this important celebration of 100 Years of our Charter of Pittsford American LegionRayson-Miller Post 899.
We are having an Open House with many prominent speakers from our County, Community and Educational partners. We will have awards, history booklet handout, slide show of the Post 899 through the years and of course refreshments. We will be following all Covid-19 Health and Safety protocols as published for July 24, 2021 and are asking all to also follow New York States guidelines.
The Rayson-Miller Post 899 is located in the historic town of Pittsford, New York. Literally located just steps away from the historic Erie Canal. Conveniently located across the street from the Post Home is the Pittsford Veterans Memorial, where the Post holds the Veterans Day ceremony each year.
"Pittsford is an area of beautiful homes and gardens, trees and historical buildings. The school has an excellent reputation as does the library. The municipal officers of both the town and village have paid particular attention to parks and recreational opportunities and have collaborated on many community events (from A Short History of Pittsford)."
"Rayson-Miller" Post 899 so named for two Pittsford, New York men who were killed in action in France, during WW I; Homer Rayson and Henry L. Miller.
Fifteen returning WWI veterans obtained the charter for Pittsford Rayson-Miller Post #899 on March 26, 1920. The Charter Members were: Lloyd F Allen, Howard R Bacon, James Crawford, John S Doane, Stanley Gilmore, Dick Krieger, George Loughborough, Harry Naber, Jack B Palmer, William D Rossiter, George H Schreib, Russel A Smith, Harland D Spiegel, Raymond F Steve and William C Stockman. POST 899 rooms were in the Crump Block in the Village of Pittsford.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
At Boys State, participants learn the rights, privileges and responsibilities of franchised citizens. The training is objective and centers on the structure of city, county and state governments. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.
American Legion Baseball is a national institution, having thrived through a world war, several national tragedies, and times of great prosperity as well as great despair.
The league still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925. American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The program is also a promoter of equality, making teammates out of young athletes regardless of their income levels or social standings. American Legion Baseball has been, and continues to be, a stepping stone to manhood for millions of young men who have gone on to serve their country or community, raise families or play the sport at the highest level. For all current 2019 information on the team, standings and more visit District 7 American Legion Baseball
American Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country's youth. The American Legion's support for Boy Scouts of America began at the Legion’s first national convention in 1919.
Today, Legion posts sponsor more than 2,500 Scouting units across the country. This is natural for Legionnaires, who bring their service-learned skills and experiences as veterans to help build character and positive traits in our country’s youth. Few other post activities generate more goodwill from the community. The Legion annually honors the Eagle Scout of the Year at the national convention. The winner of the competition receives a $10,000 scholarship, and the three runners-up are each awarded $2,500 scholarships.
Scouting questions, contact: Steve Wilterdink-Committee Chair
Rayson-Miller Post 899 and Thornell Road Elementary School's 4th grade class of Mrs. Stevens-Oliver have built an extraordinary partnership. This ongoing relationship brings the 4th grade class to the post home to have breakfast with the veterans and the students learn about patriotism, respect for our flag and country and what the veterans experienced during their service.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 started the Veterans Supporting Veterans initiative in the fall of 2016. This program falls in line with the mission of the American Legion and specifically assists veteran's in our community who are in need. As well as, assisting other organizations in our area that assist veterans in need. These needs may be a home visit to a veteran that is ill and bringing groceries, to actually providing financial support.
Every month of May you will see Rayson-Miller Post 899 members offering poppies and flags. The red poppies are a symbolic of the blood shed during battle. Remember to wear your poppy on National Poppy Day, to honor the fallen and support the living who have worn our nation's uniform and served our country.
The Town of Pittsford celebrates Memorial Day every year with a parade through town and then ends the celebration with a ceremony at the Pittsford Cemetery. Members of the Rayson-Miller Post 899 march in this parade and take an active role in the ceremony. The Rayson-Miller Post also hosts a reception at the post home at the end of the ceremony.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 holds a Veterans Day Ceremony every year on 11th month, the 11th day at the 11th hour. This ceremony takes place at the Pittsford Veterans Memorial across the street from the Post home. After the ceremony, a reception is held at the Post home and is open to everyone. The Post home is handicapped accessible.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 joins in the Paddle & Pour event each year with some type of booth, featuring either food or as an information booth. Come out visit us and enjoy the live music, tastes from local wineries & craft breweries while browsing the work of regional artists. You can also watch the Pittsford Regatta. Waterside on Schoen Place Noon – 10:00 PM
Town of Pittsford puts on a Food Truck & Music Fest every year in September. Rayson-Miller always has a food booth to raise funds for veterans. Of course the event also features other various food vendors, great music, free games and carnival rides, Noon–9:00 PM, held on Main Street from the Four Corners (Monroe/State streets) to Locust Street.
Rayson-Miller's Virtual Poppy Drive make WHAM-13 news! With on going Covid-19 social distancing and closures, Rayson-Miller goes to a Virtual Poppy Drive. Offering a digital poppy for use on donor's social media sites, until we are able to be together again which will allow Rayson-Miller members to hand out the acutal poppies they had purchased in February for this yearly event.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 has selected 2 candidates for this year's 2021 Boys State program. Jackson Ciocca and Bobby Dodge have been selected and awaiting The American Legion Department of New York confirmation.
Rayson-Miller will begin its Tuesday Morning Breakfast from 8am to 10am for anyone who would like to join us.
We require all attendees to wear masks to enter the Post. We are strictly following NYS Covid-19 guidelines for social distancing and food service. Your food will be served to you and obviously you may remove your mask to eat.
Court of Honors for BSA Troop 167 was held on May 23m 2021 at Powder Mills Park. Presenters included Commander Al Herdklotz and Chaplain Jeff Mason of Rayson-Miller AL Post 899. Receiving the pretigous rank of Eagle Scout were: Timothy Hutkowski, Zachary Hutkowski, Seamus Lang, Rayan Masoom, Robert O'Gara and Miles Sirois. Congratulations!
Court of Honors for BSA Troop 341 was held on June 6, 2021 at Great Embankment Park. Presenters included Commander Al Herdklotz and Chaplain Jeff Mason of Rayson-Miller AL Post 899. Receiving the pretigous rank of Eagle Scout were: Sam Baker, Henry Baker, Aidan Braun, Patrick Burke, Jonathan Carney. Jack DesRosiers, Drew Kull, Thomas Rice, Jared Spanganberg and William Tallarico. Congratulations!
Court of Honors for BSA Troop 129 was held on June 13, 2021 at Mendon Ponds Park. Presenters included Commander Al Herdklotz and Scouting Chairman Steve Wilterdink of Rayson-Miller AL Post 899. Receiving the pretigous rank of Eagle Scout was Adam Badre. Congratulations!
We want to commend Scouts Troop 167 for pitching in and helping us do the Post 'clean up' in preparation for our 100th Anniversary Celebration. Scoutmaster Dave Madison and son Ben, Justin Comer, Erik Zietle, Simon Smith and mom Jenny Muhl.
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Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 supports the community's youth programs and our initiative of Veterans Supporting Veterans with donations.
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For any generous donation of $25 or more receive this beautifully embroidered 4 inch patch as our Thank You gift.
Rayson-Miller Post 899 is a 501(c)(19) not for profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible.