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Rayson-Miller Post 899

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)."

Post History

"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.

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Boys State

Boys State

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.

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Baseball

Boys Baseball

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

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Scouting

Scouting

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

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Partnership

Veterans Voices

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.

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Veterans Supporting Veterans

Veterans Supporting Veterans

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.

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Poppies

Annual Poppy Drive

Every month of May you will see Rayson-Miller Post 899 members offering poppies, flag stars 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.

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News and Events

Memorial Day

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.

Veterans Day

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.

Pittsford Paddle & Pour

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

Food Truck & Music Fest

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.

Tuesday Morning Breakfast

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.

2022 Boys State Candidate

The Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 is proud to announce Thomas Gargan as our delegate for the 2022 Boys State program. Thomas is a junior at Pittsford Sutherland High School. He is very well rounded and an excellent choice to be our delegate. Besides Boys State, Thomas will be attending the West Point Summer Leader Experience this June.

2022 Boys State Candidate Thomas Gargan

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Thornell Elementary School

On June 13, 2022 Mrs. Stevens-Oliver's fourth-grade class presented their book "Our Protectors of Freedom" to the members of the Rayson-Miller Post. The book contains stories of our veterans from the Post as told to the students during interviews conducted in the fall of 2021.
Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the presentation.

Thornell Rd Elementary School & Post Members

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40th Anniversary of
The Wall

This link will take you to daily virtual name readings on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website. This began November 7, 2021 and will run until November 6, 2022.



To explore this and more, visit:

VVMF

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

TAPS

Joseph C Andolino

Joseph C Andolino

Passed away peacefully on August 13, 2022 at the age of 89, surrounded by his loving family. The love of his life, his wife Ann they were together for over 65 years. They traveled all over and enjoyed their winters in Florida. Their love and support of their children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren is unconditional. 

Joe worked for the Monroe County Health Department for 50 years. He loved his work and the wonderful people he worked with. In 1980, he had the pleasure to work for the New York State Health Department at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. 

Joe was an athlete and enjoyed playing and watching sports. He was an avid golfer, tennis, racquetball and paddle ball player. His favorite of all, was playing baseball & softball. He played for many teams over the years, the most memorable were for Gerber, Al’s Green Tavern and the Monroe County Health Department. Joe played softball both here and in Florida until he retired from the game at 75 years old. Joe trained and walked two half marathons at 70 years old. Calling Hours on Wednesday, August 24, from 3pm-6pm at Keenan Funeral Home 7501 Pittsford Palmyra Rd, Fairport. On Thursday, August 25, please join the family for his service at 10am at White Haven Memorial Park, All Seasons Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Honor Flight Rochester or FF Thompson.

The above taken from the Keenan Funeral Home

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Thomas Murphy

Thomas J. Murphy Sr.

On June 19, 2022, Thomas J. Murphy Sr. CW4 ® of Fairport, NY went home to our Lord, at age 79. He will be remembered for his commitment to his faith, his military service and his family.

Retired Military Veteran, having proudly served 34 years in the Army Reserve, 24 of these years in the 98th Division (IT), Rochester, NY; and 8 years in the US Naval Reserve in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Earning a total of 25 awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit during his 42 years of military service. Active member of the American Legion Post #899 in Pittsford, NY and The Knights of Columbus-Michael C. Hogan Council #15917 at St. John of Rochester Parish in Fairport, NY.Thomas’s parents died when he was a pre-teen and he was left as the “Man of the House”. He began working and contributing at age ten. Thomas was raised by his grandmother in the Bronx. Starting at an early age, Tom was willing to volunteer and help others. When his grammar school parish needed altar boys for 6:30am mass, he volunteered. When the need for reserve forces arose to help protect our country he volunteered. He was part of the Auxiliary Police force in New York City. He continued throughout his life giving back to his church and community through many organizations: Holy Name Society, Usher Society, Men’s Club, Nocturnal Adoration, Right to Life March for Life, Men’s Retreat Committee, Boy & Girl Scouts, National Rifle Association, Notary Public, Red Cross, Warrant & Reserve Officer Associations, American Legion and Knights of Columbus to name a few!

He led his life by the motto:

If I can return to society and this world, a fraction of what God has let me take out of it I feel truly blessed.

Friends may call on Monday, June 27 from 4:00-6:00pm at Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, 7501 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, Fairport (Egypt location). A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John of Rochester Church, 8 Wickford Way, Fairport, NY on Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00am. Internment, with a military service, will be at White Haven Memorial Park, Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Perinton Food Shelf.

The above taken from the Keenan Funeral Home

Tom was an active member of Rayson-Miller Post 899 and held the position of Sergeant @ Arms for many years.

Special Thank You

We would like to thank the following companies for their support of our Post throughout the year and with 'special' post improvement projects.

The Glennon Law Firm Hoselton Auto MallNancy Vanapeldoorn

SPOTLIGHT

Scout Troop 341 - Public Service

Luca Hill, his sister and dad, Adam; Jack Kessler, his sister and mom, Erica; Matt Brown and dad, Derek; and Ethan Postle

Scout Troop 341

Scout Troop 341 again this year comes to the aid of Commander Al Herdklotz. They spent 4 hours assisting Al with his fall yard clean up. Thank you Scout Troop 341!

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Donate

Rayson-Miller American Legion Post 899 supports the community's youth programs and our initiative of Veterans Supporting Veterans with donations.

Please consider donating today!

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.

Veterans Supporting Veterans patch