American Legion to host essay contest

The American Legion honor guard that has been providing ceremony at funerals for veterans includes 11 members, and usually four attend a funeral. Shown are, from left Doug Clewell, Geoff Harrington, Dick Godbout, Chuck Trado, and Commander George Besse. —Macklin Reid photo

The American Legion Post 78 of Ridgefield is sponsoring an essay contest to promote the principles of Americanism and the responsibilities of citizenship. All Ridgefield High School seniors are eligible to participate. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners. Interested students may obtain information and contest entry forms from the RHS counseling office. Deadline for submissions is May 1.

Veterans Day: Ridgefield honors 100th anniversary of World War I

With thoughtful words, patriotic songs, taps and gun salute, Ridgefielders led by two American Legion Commanders — former Commander Bob Tulipani and current Commander George Besse — honored Veterans Day 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I “on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. About 150 people … read more

Memorial Day parade marchers honor military sacrifice

[wide][/wide] Residents of Ridgefield lined up along the sides of Main Street to watch the Memorial Day parade for the first time since 2015 on Monday. The parade marchers, and attendees, paid respects to all those who have given their lives to the country’s armed services. The parade started around 11:30 and ran to 12:30. Dave Campbell, a Navy veteran … read more

Parade on! Mother Nature cooperates, Main Street to host Memorial Day marchers for first time since 2015

Ridgefield will have its Memorial Day parade. That’s the news Denis Loncto, the American Legion’s parade coordinator, announced Monday around 7:30 a.m. “We’re going to have a Memorial Day parade for a change,” he told The Press. “The parade will launch off from Jesse Lee at 11:30 this morning,” he said. The parade was cancelled in town in 2016 when … read more

Rain on Memorial Day again? Parade organizers have plans

The following was submitted to The Press by American Legion Commander George Besse: I’m sure it is on the minds of many Ridgefielders who are looking to enjoy the parade and all the associated festivities. What if it rains on our parade again this year? How is the decision made to cancel it and who makes that decision? First of … read more

American Legion invites residents to decorate graves May 25

The American Legion’s annual grave decorating will take place on the Friday evening of National Poppy Day, May 25.   More than 900 flags need to be placed on the veterans’ graves that evening, and the American Legion relies on help from Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Boy Scouts. All are invited to lend a patriotic hand. Volunteers are asked … read more

Army Capt. Lynn Isaac to be feature speaker at Veterans Day ceremony

The American Legion, the Marine Corps League Detachment and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a ceremony to honor Ridgefield’s veterans, as well as all of America’s 21.7 million veterans, this Veterans Day — Saturday, Nov. 11 — at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be conducted at the Lounsbury House/Veterans Memorial Garden, beginning at 11a.m. The featured speaker is … read more

Ralph J. Herr, “Jack”, 86, brought dozens of U.S. military band concerts to Ridgefield

Ralph J. Herr, “Jack”, 86, of Ridgefield, passed away on July 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was the dedicated and loving husband of Mrs. Carolyn (Angilly) Herr. Jack was born on July 13, 1930 in Bexley, OH; a son of the late Ralph and Marguerite (Moylan) Herr. Following his time at The Ohio State University, he served in … read more

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