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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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Giving Tuesday - December 1, 2020

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

In this time of uncertainty, there's a fundamental truth that gives us hope - that together we can do extraordinary things.

Join the #GivingTuesday movement! Feel good because you are doing good! Help to ensure Rayson-Miller Post 899's ongoing support of veterans and of its youth programs: Boys State, Boy Scouts, Boys Baseball, and our education on patriotism and honor through Thornell Road Elementary School and Teens for Veterans.

Giving Tuesday Message

March 28th Open House Celebration Postponed

Rochester, NY March 15, 2020 - Today, Rayson-Miller Post 899 announced that they will postpone its 100th Year Anniversary Open House that was scheduled for March 28th, 2020 in response to the growing health concerns over the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The Post Commander made this difficult decision following the numerous alerts issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and after Adam J. Bello declared a local State of Emergency issuing the closing of all public schools in Monroe County. Officials say the risk of infection remains low in Monroe County, but add that vulnerable groups include senior citizens, people with compromised immune system, and people with underlying health conditions appear to be about twice as likely to develop serious outcomes versus otherwise younger, healthier people.

Rayson-Miller Post 899 will reschedule its 100th Year Anniversary celebration and open house later this year.

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.

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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

Poppies

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.

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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.

Rayson-Miller's Baseball Hall of Fame

Rayson-Miller Post 899 hosted a their own Baseball Hall of Fame on December 30, 2019. On hand was Danny Mendick of the Chicago White Sox, previously of the Rayson-Miller Baseball Team. Check out the video for highlights of the evening!


Rayson-Miller's Baseball Hall of Fame

2020 Boys State Delegates Chosen

Rayson-Miller Post 899 was pleased to announce that both Adam Wesley and Garrett Wilson were chosen as the 2020 Boys State Delegates.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 concerns, 2020 Boys State has been cancelled.


Adam Wesley and Garrett Wilson

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Virtual Poppy Drive

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.

WHAM - 13 Poppy Story with Video

American Legion Baseball

The 2020 Legion Baseball Regionals and World Series in Shelby, N.C., has been canceled for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed very sad for our Rayson-Miller Post 899 Baseball team and their coach Tom Sapienza.

TAPS



Thomas Robert ShanahanThomas Robert Shanahan died peacefully after a long illness on June 13, 2020 at the age of 75.Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Judy and their children Jeanne Kathleen Shanahan, Lynn Marie (Marc) Lewandowski. Tom will be fondly remembered by his 7 grandchildren, Victoria Tucci, Theodore Tucci, Catherine Tucci, Patrick Tucci, Bella Lewandowski, Stephen Lewandowski, and Anya Lewandowski and by his siblings Robert (Geri) Shanahan, Marilyn (Edward) Blood, Karen Shanahan Heintz, and Jamie (Vanessa) Shanahan. He is preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Ann Tucci.Tom was born on November 13, 1944 in Buffalo, NY to Thomas William and Jeanne (Miller) Shanahan. A Cleveland High School and SUNY Morrisville graduate, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Marine medic before returning stateside and marrying his fiancée, Judy.Over the next several decades the couple moved to Arizona and California while Tom enjoyed success in his field of (anesthesia) medical device training and sales. They expanded their family with the arrivals of 3 daughters. His children remember him as a driven and patriotic father who loved fishing, bowling, 50’s Rock and Roll, and a grandfather who loved his grandchildren and dogs.He was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church and served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Michael Hogan Council in Fairport, NY. His leadership and volunteerism knew no bounds and he encouraged all to get involved. Like his dedication to his Church, Tom was an avid supporter of United States Veterans and often spoke of the importance of treating veterans with dignity. The funeral Mass was Thursday, June 18th at 11:00 am at St. John of Rochester Church in Fairport, NY. A reception to follow at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s life.In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Tom Shanahan’s memory to Veteran’s Outreach Center at 447 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620 or Perinton Volunteer Ambulance at 1400 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY 14440.

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

Scout Troop 129 & Scout Troop 341

Troop 341

Troop 129: Adam Badre, Jared Owens, Matthew (Adam, Angie), Beckman, Henry (Chris) Reynolds, Sam (Christina) Taylor, Wilson (Kevin) Schaffer, Griffin Miller, Andrew (Amy) Stern andCarter (Scott, Monica) Grinnell, & Roger Debell.

Troop 341:Jared Spanganberg, Aaron Sham, Zack DeGrave, Ethan Postle, Owen Cavalier, Mr. Spanganberg, Mr. Cavalier, Mr. Shan, Mr. DeGrave & Mrs. Vetere

We want to commend Scouts Troop 129 and Scout Troop 341 for the tremendous jobs they did for Al and Cheryl Herdklotz. Al is the Legion Post 899 Commander and had major back surgery. He has been concerned about several yard projects that needed to get done before winter. We didn't realize how big a job this was until we saw the property.

Troop 129 was asked if they could help. Troop 129 did an amazing job of leaf removal along with the acorns. But as we all know, fall clean up is not just one day. Troop 341 also helped by doing the second run at the property, raking leaves and bagging acorns that had fallen since the intial clean up.

It was amazing how much these folks got done. Al was very thankful and quite relieved. It's tough to sit back and heal when there's things to be done. Troop 129 and Troop 341 took a load off his mind. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to both Troops and to Roger Debell-Principal of Thornell Road Elementary School, for all their hard work.

(photo: Members of Troop 341)

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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.

Veterans Supporting Veterans patch