Southington American Legion Post 72 still a resource to veterans during pandemic

Published on Monday, 20 April 2020 14:31
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

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SOUTHINGTON – Southington American Legion Post 72 continues to be a resource to veterans in the area despite being impacted by the coronavirus.

Post Commander Norm Giroux said that he believes the local post has done “the best we can under the circumstances.” The executive officers have held two remote meetings to keep abreast of recent developments with the pandemic. Additionally, members are checking the phones twice a day at the office at 64 Main St. in case local veterans are in need of help. People can reach this number and by calling 860-621-4243. They are encouraged to leave a message and calls will be returned.

“We can help them out with groceries and errands if they need help,” said Giroux. “If they need financial assistance or fuel or groceries we can also connect them to the right groups.”

Amid these efforts, the uncertainty about when the state can re-open has resulted in the cancellation and rescheduling of some of their events, like their comedy night. It has also left the fate of other events unclear, including the State Police Youth Week and the annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade would fall on Monday, May 25 this year, which is just after the date where Governor Ned Lamont said he would re-evaluate opening the state.

“We’re playing it close to the vest,” said Giroux. “It will depend on what the governor says and he should be making a decision by May 20. We will abide by that decision and do whatever precautions are necessary.”

Even if American Legion Post 72 is unable to have their traditional Memorial Day parade, they still plan to commemorate the day by putting flags on veterans’ graves at the local cemeteries and holding small ceremonies.

Those who wish to support American Legion Post 72 financially at this time can mail a check to American Legion PO Box 217 Southington, CT, 06489.” Giroux also welcomed those veterans who are in need of more immediate assistance to call him personally at 860-877-6633.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Monday, 20 April 2020 14:31. Updated: Monday, 20 April 2020 14:34.