Commander honors Dundee’s Holly Trueman
PENN YAN—New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor brought a message of “Service First” to the Legion Family in Yates County Thursday, Feb. 6, and honored Holly Trueman, a member of Bradley-Jessop American Legion Post 660 in Dundee.
During dinner at Johnson-Costello Post 355 in Penn Yan, Governor presented the Department Commander’s Award of Excellence to Trueman, citing her “dedication to our men and women in uniform, our veterans, their families and your community.” He praised her “outstanding service” as Yates County commander, 7th District Children and Youth chair, and post membership chair.
“Service First” is about reinvigorating the core mission to serve men and women in uniform, veterans and families, community and nation, Governor told members of the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.
A sign that the Department of New York is on the right track in putting “service first,” Governor noted, is the Americanism trophy that New York walked away with at the Legion’s national convention last summer. “We were honored for having the best Children and Youth, and Family Assistance Programs in the entire American Legion.”
The commander’s visit was a joint visitation with New York Auxiliary President Barbara Corker and New York Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Commander John Chang.
The trio visited Dundee to have lunch at Bradley-Jessop Post 660 and tour the area before speaking at the dinner in their honor in Penn Yan.
Chang noted, like the department commander, his personal project this year is to collect donations for the National Emergency Fund, especially since the fund helped so many New York families in the devastating wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Corker said her project is to support the American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors, and for two reasons. First, unlike other charities, 100 percent of donations go directly to helping wounded warriors. Second, it’s important to “show our warriors our love.”