F. J. Donovan Post provides a home for veterans
CHEEKTOWAGA - “Taking care of Veterans is such an important thing to do,” said Nelson Oldfield, commander of the Francis J. Donovan American Legion Post 1626, located at 3210 Genesee St. in Cheektowaga. “Our post is a home for Veterans.”
The post opened in the 1940s and made its way to the current Genesee Street location in 1960.
“There were four guys that started the post,” said Edo Turri, who met his wife of 57 years at the post. Turri, a 91-year-old World War II Veteran, enjoys telling his war stories to Boy Scout troops.
“We do these round robin events where about six of us go out and talk about what Veterans do, and give the Boy Scouts 20 minutes at each table,” Oldfield said. “The kids are so impressed by Edo’s stories. They don’t want to move, they want to stay there and listen to his stories.”
The Boy Scouts also join the post members in putting flags up at local cemeteries. “They learn respect for the flag,” Oldfield said.
Working with the boy scouts is only one of the many things the members of the post do in the community. They hold benefits; take part in the town’s War of 1812 ceremony; help people receive medals they lost or never received; assist with funeral details and ceremonies;... Read the rest of this article in News