Resolution J3116-2013

Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Hendershott-Manness Post 374, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arcade, New York



  • May 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 28, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  75th Anniversary of Hender-
shott-Manness Post 374, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arcade, New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend and support
the purposeful cause of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW),  recognizing
its  long  and  sustained  commitment to the principles of democracy and
freedom so revered by this State and nation; and
  WHEREAS, Founded in 1899 by veterans  of  the  Spanish  American  War,
returning  first  from Cuba and later from the Philippines, the Veterans
of Foreign Wars has, for more than 100 years, been dedicated to  serving
America's veterans and their families; to preserving freedom, democracy,
and  the  American  way  of  life;  and to maintaining a strong national
defense; and
  WHEREAS, In keeping with its time-honored traditions, it is the intent
of this Legislative Body to recognize the just purpose and good works of
Hendershott-Manness Post 374, Veterans  of  Foreign  Wars,  Arcade,  New
York, upon the occasion of its 75th Anniversary; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded  on July 24, 1938, Hendershott-Manness Post 374 will
celebrate its 75th Anniversary with musical events on Friday and  Satur-
day,  July 26 and 27, 2013, a gala Anniversary Dinner on July 27, and an
Open House on July 28; and
  WHEREAS, Twenty-four men, mostly veterans of World  War  I,  were  the
charter  members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post that was formed in
Arcade on July 24, 1938; the new post was assigned the  number  374  and
was  named  for Corporal William Hendershott and Private Arthur Manness,
both of whom died of pneumonia in France shortly  before  the  Armistice
was signed in 1918 at the end of World War I; and
  WHEREAS,  Membership  grew  slowly during the first several years, but
the end of World War II in 1945 led to a major increase  in  membership;
another smaller increase occurred after the Korean War; and
  WHEREAS,  Post  374  is  privileged,  in  2013,  to still have several
members who served in one of those two wars; additional  members  joined
after  the Vietnam War and still others have joined as a result of over-
seas military service since 1990; and
  WHEREAS, The post created a Building Fund in 1950  with  the  goal  of
purchasing  a  building  site and constructing a post home; the post was
already raising money for a variety of community causes, and fundraising
activities increased dramatically with this new goal in mind; and
  WHEREAS, A parcel of land on West Main Street in Arcade was  purchased
in  1953  and ground was broken on the site on May 4, 1955; the new post
home was occupied the following February and was dedicated  on  Veterans
Day,  November  11, 1956; since then, the building has been expanded and
serves as a meeting place for the post, a social  center  for  veterans,
and as a popular restaurant and event center for the public; and
  WHEREAS,  The  national Veterans of Foreign Wars began welcoming women
to become members in 1978; the late Margaret Hopkins, who had served  as
a  nurse in the Pacific Theater during World War II, was the first woman
in New York State to become a VFW member when she  became  a  member  of
Post 374 in September 1978; and
  WHEREAS,  The  post  and  its  auxiliary  have  encouraged students at
Pioneer Central High School to participate in the VFW Voice of Democracy
competition since 1990; since then, 20 local winners have gone on to win
at the district level, and three have won at the state level; the  local
Voice  of  Democracy  winner is traditionally invited to be the featured
speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Post 374's home; and
  WHEREAS, Post 374 proudly conducts Memorial Day Ceremonies at multiple
locations in the area and places flags  on  the  graves  of  many  local

veterans;  the  members  also conduct a Veterans Day service at the post
home each November and provide an honor guard for military funerals; and
  WHEREAS,  The annual Easter Egg Hunt for local children is just one of
the many other examples of community service activities sponsored by the
post; and
  WHEREAS, Post 374 is proud to  have  several  members  who  have  held
offices  at  the  District and State levels over the past years, and the
post has always supported  the  mission  of  the  national  Veterans  of
Foreign  Wars  to  advocate on behalf of veterans and to provide support
for military personnel serving on active duty; and
  WHEREAS, Hendershott-Manness Post 374, Veterans of  Foreign  Wars  has
faithfully served the Arcade community and its veterans over the past 75
years,  dedicating  its  purpose  to  the preservation of the values and
principles of the VFW and this great republic; and
  WHEREAS, Post 374 initiates many activities on behalf of the  communi-
ty, its veterans and the VFW's national causes; ever striving to support
educational  needs,  as well as social and patriotic values, while main-
taining an integral role in community affairs of concern to veterans and
their families; and
  WHEREAS, The 75th Anniversary of the founding  of  Hendershott-Manness
Post  374 Veterans of Foreign Wars is a time to pause and reflect on the
events it conducts in reverent tribute to the men and women  who  served
their  country in defense of its ideals of democracy and freedom, on the
many contributions rendered to community organizations  and  educational
programs, and on its continuing efforts to serve veterans and the Arcade
community; and
  WHEREAS,  Hendershott-Manness  Post 374 is a noble post, accomplishing
its mission and performing its good deeds in  a  spirit  of  comradeship
true  to  the  highest traditions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States; and
  WHEREAS, Mindful of its proud and honored history, Hendershott-Manness
Post 374 may celebrate with just pride and true honor, its 75th Anniver-
sary of service to its community and the needs and  causes  of  veterans
across New York State and the nation; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to commend the
devoted leadership of Post 374's Commanders, past and present,  and  the
absolute commitment of its many proud members, noting the role played by
this  exceptional  organization  and recognizing the significance of the
contributions and sacrifices of its membership; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
.SO DOC S R3116                                  RESO TEXT            2013
commend  the Hendershott-Manness Post 374 upon the occasion of the cele-
bration of its 75th Anniversary, fully confident that  the  quality  and
character  of  life in the Empire State remains richly endowed and reso-
lutely defended through  such  organizations  of  just  cause  and  good
purpose; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Hendershott-Manness Post 374.


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