THE AMERICAN LEGION

Oakland Memorial Post No. 369
65 Oak Street
Oakland, NJ  07436
201-337-9845

"For God and Country"


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Honor a Veteran or Service Member by Donating a Brick.

You say that you would like to honor a veteran or active-duty service member. What better way to show your appreciation to a family member or close friend (or even yourself) who has served our country by donating an engraved brick in his or her name. The Oakland American Legion is bordering the circle walkway in Veterans’ Park with engraved bricks. The cost for each tax-deductible brick donation is $85.

The bricks are being arranged in the park as depicted below:

Various inscription styles are available.

For more details or an order form, please call us at 201-337-9845.


Calendar of Events

May 25, 2014 – Memorial Day

The annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, sponsored by the American Legion and the Borough of Oakland, will be held on Sunday, May 25 beginning at 1:00 PM at Grove Street and Ramapo Valley Road.  The parade will close with a ceremony in Veterans’ Park.  Complimentary food and refreshments will be served at the American Legion Post at 65 Oak Street immediately following the parade.  Please join us in honoring our departed veterans.

If you would like to be recognized as a supporter of the Memorial Day Parade and have your name appear in the booster section of the Parade Program, please send your name to our parade chairman, Mario Lembo, 11 Monhegan Avenue.  A donation of $5 is suggested.

June 14, 2014 – Flag Day

The American Legion will be joining the Oakland Elks Club for a Flag Day ceremony in Veterans Park.  Please contact the Elks Club for the starting time.  In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will be held inside the Elks Club lodge, located at 33 Ramapo Valley Road.

November 11, 2014 – Veteran’s Day

Each year on Veterans' Day, the American Legion celebrates the armistice of the First World War and veterans of all wars with formal ceremonies in communities worldwide. Our annual ceremony in Oakland is held at Veterans' Park at 11:00 AM. Join us at this solemn ceremony as we honor those who served our country.


Who We Are

Members of the American Expeditionary Force that served in Europe during WWI founded The American Legion on March 15, 1919.  That same year, The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress as a patriotic, mutual-help, wartime veteran's organization. We are the largest veteran's organization in the United States with 3 million members and 15 thousand American Legion posts nationwide.


Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion:

We associate ourselves together for the following purposes:

to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held at 8 PM on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the lower level of our legion post, located at 65 Oak Street at Lawlor Drive, just across from the recreation field. Because of the holidays, November and December meetings are held on the third Wednesday of those months. If you would like to become a Legion member, please join us at a meeting, or call 201-337-9845. We will verify your eligibility, and you will be enrolled.


Eligibility Requirements For Membership

Membership eligibility in The American Legion is based on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces between the following dates:

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918: (World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946: (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955: (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975: (Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984: (Lebanon/Grenada)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990: (Operation Just Cause - Panama)
August 2, 1990 to Present: (Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Iraqi Freedom)

Because eligibility dates remain open, all active members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion. WWII and Korean War members of the U.S. Merchant Marine Service are also eligible.  All eligible veterans are welcome to join and become involved in community service. We welcome you to join Oakland Post 369.


Blue Star Flags

Created in 1917, Blue Star Service Banners were a common sight during WWI and WWII. The banner is usually displayed in a window to show that a family member is currently serving in the Armed Forces.

If you have a relative serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps, and would like an 8 by 16 inch blue star service flag, please contact us at 201-337-9845 and we will provide a flag free of charge.


Hall Rentals
 
Call us if you are planning an event or a meeting.  Our legion post has two areas that accommodate large and small events up to 160 capacity.  Beer, wine, and liquor service is available. Check with us on 201-337-9845 for available dates and our very low rental rates.
 
Support Us with a Tax-Deductible Donation
 
The American Legion is a not-for-profit charitable organization and donations are tax deductible under the IRS Code.  Among the many that are supported by your donations are disabled and needy veterans and their families, active military service members, youth programs such as New Jersey Boys State, the Oakland Memorial Day parade, and upkeep of our Oakland facility.  If you would like to make a donation, please mail it to P.O. Box 274, Oakland, NJ 07436. 

 


Proper Flag Disposal

The proper way to dispose of a worn or damaged American flag is by burning. The American Legion holds an annual flag-burning ceremony. If you have a flag that is ready for disposal, you may leave it at the Oakland Post Office. We will pick it up and properly dispose of it at our annual ceremony.


For more information on The American Legion, visit the following links:

American Legion National web site: www.legion.org

American Legion Posts in Bergen County:
www.njamericanlegion.org

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