Falls Post #664 receives 100th year proclamation

The proclamation is presented to Falls Post #664. From left are Mendon town supervisor John Moffitt, Legislator Karla Boyce, American Legion Monroe County Commander Charles Clark, Honeoye Falls Post #664 Commander Wayne Menz and Joe Hennekey, Vice Commander, Monroe County Committee. Submitted photo

The Falls Post #664 received a 100th year proclamation from the Monroe County American Legion at its meeting on October 10.

The American Legion Organization was formed March 17, 1919 in Paris France and the American Legion Constitution was adopted in St. Louis on May 10, 1919. The 1st American Legion National Convention was held in Minneapolis Minnesota on Nov. 11, 1919. After the convention, 685 members joined the American Legion within an 8 month period. That included 10 Veterans from the Honeoye Falls area who applied for a American Legion Charter.

The American Legion approved an Interim Charter for Falls Post 664 on October 23,1919 with a Permanent Charter issued on September 17, 1920. The Commander of Falls Post 664 in 1919 was Harry Lay, followed by Commanders Elston Sheppard in 1921 and Raymond Francis in 1925.

Falls Post 664 was originally located in an older but spacious home on the Main Street of Honeoye Falls. However Falls Post 664 was growing rapidly and they needed a larger facility.

On April 24, 1957, Fred and Bernice Wolfsberger decided to donate the land that Falls Post 664 occupies today. Building Construction started on May 6, 1957 and it was Dedicated on May 10, 1958 by the Honorable Kenneth B. Keating. Throughout our 100 years of existence Falls Post 664 membership included Veterans who served in WW1, WW11, Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and many more conflicts too numerous to mention.

Falls Post 664 continues to thrive today by supporting programs like Boy’s State, Boys Scouts, Pancake Breakfasts, Poppy distribution, Flag Day and Lap Robes for Veterans. Additionally our Honor Guard is available for Veterans’ Funeral Services, Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. Falls Post 664 also marches in H.F. School and Fire Department parades, as requested by the Honeoye Falls and Mendon Communities. We are proud to have been able to reach our 100th year within the American Legion. We pledge to continue to support programs and goals identified by the American Legion as beneficial to USA Veterans and their families.

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