Post 1404 Needs Your Help To Give Back
The Ohioans from Post 610 raised about $8,000 for York’s family by hosting spaghetti dinners in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park. Now, after that same post suffered devastating losses fighting in Iraq – 21 members were killed during just one week in August – Post 1404 wants to give back, and they need your support. The men were members of the Marine 3 rd Battalion 25 th Regiment Ohio National Guard, which was first activated in 1943.
“Our intent is to go there on the second Tuesday in March and present a check with donations from the area for the Marines [who were killed] and their families,” 1404’s commander, Bob Connolly told The Wave this week.
“It’s 21 families you’re talking about, and this is a little post in Ohio,” said 1404 member Pat Brosnahan. “If it happened here it would be a shock.”
The Broad Channel post has raised about $6,000 with a “Night at the Races” fundraiser in November and with additional help from the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department, but Connolly wants to well exceed the Ohio post’s generous donation to the York family.
“They reached out to help us and they helped Ray York’s family a tremendous amount,” Connolly explained. “Now it’s our turn.”
All of the money raised by Post 1404 will go to Post 610, which will use about half of the money to honor the fallen Marines in a veterans memorial in Brook Park, Ohio. The rest of the money collected will be given to the families, Connolly said.
Checks made payable to “American Legion Post 1404” may be sent to the post’s headquarters at 209 Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, New York 11693. Write “Ohio Post 610” in the memo area.