On Saturday, installation of officers was held at the Frank Acquavia Post 1344 of the American Legion in Dunkirk. John Miga, the Chautauqua County commander was the installing officer. Richard Makuch, Sergeant-at-Arms called the new officers forward.
Miga said, "I am encouraged by the new officers stepping forward to serve. This was one of the original posts in Dunkirk, and I hope to see a good year."
Sam Gerace, the newly elected commander of the post, said, "The most important thing is to increase membership in this post. I am encouraging veterans, sons of veterans, wives, sisters, and mothers to join us. We have some challenges. Anyone who could volunteer time, provide materials, or do minor repairs would be appreciated. Our post wants to reach out to the community and give back to the community."
OBSERVER Photo by Diane R. Chodan
Back row left to right: Second vice commander John Way; Adjutant Don Smith, Sergeant-at-arms Richard Makuch; Financial Officer and outgoing Commander, Jim Muscato; Trustee Jeffrey Novelli; Chautauqua County Vice-Commander, Craig Sutton. Seated left to right: Clyde Prince (for Junior Ortiz); Chautauqua County Commander and installing officer, John Miga; Post Commander, Sam Gerace; and Trustee Mary Lou Weaver.
After the installation, a buffet luncheon was served. Gerace talked to the officers and members about participation in the morning Flag Day Ceremony to be held Thursday at the Dunkirk Lighthouse.
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