Oakland Memorial Post
65 Oak Street
Oakland, NJ 07436
God and Country"
NEWS AND NEWSWORTHY ---
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.
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.
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
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
Who We Are
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.
the Constitution of The American Legion:
We associate ourselves together for the following
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
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.
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:
|February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975:
|August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984:
|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.
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
Support Us with a
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:
Legion National web site: www.legion.org
Legion Posts in Bergen County: