OXFORD – On Monday, October 23, the Chenango County American Legion will host a joint visitation by the Legion’s top state level officials- Department of New York State Commander Rena Nessler, State Auxiliary President Pat Hennessy, and State Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Commander William Clancy III. During the visitation, the officials will visit the NYS Veterans’ Home, tour Norwich Pharmaceuticals, an Alvogen company, and have dinner at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC American Legion Post 189.
During their one-year terms in office, the officials travel to all of New York’s sixty-two counties and visit each of the state’s five veterans’ homes as part of the annual visitation. Their purpose is to coordinate Legion activities and to see what is being done for veterans and their families.
While in Chenango County, Commander Nessler, President Hennessy and Detachment Commander Clancy are scheduled to begin their visitation at the NYS Veterans’ Home at Oxford. The State and District contingency will meet at the Super 8 Norwich hotel at 10 a.m. for their motorcycle escort provided by the Legion Riders. At 11:00 a.m., the dignitaries will be given a guided tour of the Home and will hold a press conference. The Veterans’ Home will host a luncheon at noon. Immediately following, at 1:30 p.m., will be a tour of Norwich Pharmaceuticals, an Alvogen Company, in North Norwich. For over 130-years Norwich Pharmaceuticals, an Alvogen company, has produced the highest quality products with cutting edge technology.
That evening, Chenango County Commander, William H. Olsen will host a reception followed by a testimonial dinner. The dinner, starting with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., will be held at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC American Legion Post 189, located at 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich. The cost of the dinner is $18 per person and tickets are available at any American Legion post in Chenango County or by contacting CCAL Treasurer P.J. Cobb at (607) 843-6666.
Two Junior American Legion Auxiliary members from Unit 189 will be participating at the dinner. Lilly Supensky will be singing the National Anthem and Kaylee Griffin will be performing the POW-MIA ceremony.
American Legion history was made on July 22 when U.S. Navy veteran, Rena Nessler was elected the first woman commander of The American Legion Department of New York. A 37-year member of Winnek Post 396 in Geneva, State Commander Nessler is a Vietnam-era veteran...