WILLSBORO — Nearly 40 military veterans crowded into Rick’s Restaurant recently to reinvigorate Willsboro American Legion Post 405.
Hosted by Rick and Sarah Sayward, the crowd of vets — who served over the course of the past 70 years, ranging from World War II to Iraq — talked about the need for an active Post 405 and the contributions they could make to the community, local veterans and their families and to the local men and women serving at at home and abroad.
Although its calendar for 2013-14 is still in the planning stages, Post 405 plans to continue the tournament founded by Rick and Sarah Sayward at the Willsboro Golf Club, which raised more than $9,000 this past summer for the Wounded Warriors Project.
A committee is being formed to revise and update the post’s mission statement and to develop a calendar of meetings and community projects for 2013-14.
Several members spoke of the need to reach out to younger vets and to encourage their participation in American Legion activities, according to Bill James, who attended the meeting. Others spoke of their interest in helping the families of those on active duty.
Nominations are being taken for upcoming post elections.
“This is just the sort of enthusiasm and commitment that we need to move forward,” Mike Lindsay, long-time Post 405 adjutant, said in a statement.
“Our members have already served their country in one way. Now we are looking forward to serving it in another.”
At the end of the meeting, he counted 15 new members.
Veterans in the Willsboro-Essex area who want more information may call 963-4560.
Anyone wishing to affiliate with Post 405 from outside the local area may also call.