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
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.
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.
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. See Town of Pittsford - Paddle & Pour Event
The 2023 Food Truck & Music Fest is Saturday, Sept. 9, 12PM to 9PM. Unfortunately the Rayson-Miller Post 899 will be unable to participate in this year's event.
We look forward to participating in 2024! See Town of Pittsford Food Truck & Music Fest
If you have a US Flag that is worn and tattered, you may drop it off in the lower level of the Pittsford Village Hall. There is a blue receptacle on the lower level marked as US Flag Disposal.
These Flags are ceremonially disposed of by the Boy Scouts of America according to Flag Code.
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.
Friends of Rayson-Miller Post 899 is a volunteer outreach program supporting the veterans of the Post and their activities. We are community members with a desire to get-to-know and support local veterans through social events, local history presentations and volunteer opportunities.
Obituary published on Legacy.com by Brighton Memorial Chapel, Inc. on Oct. 16, 2023.
Donald is survived by his wife of 72 years, Claire Dunn, brother Harvey Dunn and wife Margo, son Larry Dunn and wife Judy, daughter Eileen Popplewell, and daughter Allison Olding. He was a loving grandfather to grandchildren Seth Dunn, Robert Dunn, Brian Popplewell, Kimberly Shelp, Carlyn Percich, Diego Lombardino, Amista Mullens, Nicholas Reeves, and Jessica Brescoll, as well as great grandchildren Alice Dunn, Benjamin Dunn, Audrianna Popplewell, Karissa Popplewell, Heath Popplewell, Grayson Shelp, Kailey Percich, Olivia Percich, Zuhm Mullens, Xana Mullens, Lexi Chandler, Megan Reeves, and Lauren Reeves.
Donald was predeceased by his parents Reuben and Ethel Dunn, brother Jerold Dunn, and daughter Ruth Lombardino.
Donald grew up in Rochester, NY, served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and served in the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. While visiting his Aunt Rebecca in Cincinnati, Ohio, he went on a blind date with Claire Dratch and the rest is history. He transferred to the University of Cincinnati and married the love of his life on Sept 2, 1951. While raising his family in Cincinnati, Donald enjoyed doing photography and passed on this passion to his son Larry. He also loved to travel in his camper with his family.
Donald earned Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science Degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He worked at Cincinnati Millicron as a Research Chemist and Patent Agent until his retirement.
After retirement, Donald and Claire moved to Pittsford, NY where he continued to enjoy photography, traveling, listening to classical music, attending symphony concerts, and volunteering at the George Eastman House and at Cloverwood. Donald also joined the Pittsford American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899. He and Claire were active members of Congregation Etz Chaim.
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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.