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    Lieutenant Florence Evans Memorial
    April 17, 2016 6:23 pm  
    Lieutenant Florence Evans Memorial

    by Ray Tomich

    On Saturday April 9th members of the Smith-Wever American Legion Post 651 gathered in LT. FLORENCE EVANS MEMORIAL PARK to Honor Women Serving In The Military.

    Three active duty U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officers – BM2 Gwendolyn OLSEN, BM3 Kirstye SORENSON and LE3 (Law Enforcement) Ashlin MAHAN were honored with Certificates of Appreciation presented by Post Commander Steve ANTONNACI. The Master of Ceremonies was Navy Veteran & Post Historian Fred HINZE.

    Each year during Women’s History Month our Post remembers Lt Florence EVANS, a graduate of Sayville High School who after Nursing School joined the US ARMY and served in WWII as a Nurse. Although she survived ‘The Battle of the Bulge’ and received a Bronze Star ‘for Conspicuous Bravery Under Fire during the 1944 Anzio Campaign, unfortunately Florence was killed in France on the last day of the war when her jeep hit a mine. Lt  Florence Evans is buried in Sayville’s Union Cemetery. The Latin motto on her plaque reads “Thy will be done”.We also prayed for the recovery of our own Legionnaire WWII Navy Veteran Ruth WELCH now home recovering from a fall. Ruth will be 94 this year on July 29th,, keep her in your prayers.

    Members participating included our LEGIONNAIRES, PATRIOT RIDERS, SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION and LADIES AUXILIARY.  Our speakers included elected officials from the TOWN OF ISLIP Councilman Steven FLOTTERON, Town Clerk Olga MURRAY and Receiver of Taxes Alexis WEIK.  A representative of New York State Senator and Navy Commander TOM CROCI  extended ‘Best Regards’ from the Senator who has been a staunch supported of our Post Activities in Support of Veterans. Kudos also to USAF Colonel Atkinson and the COLOR GUARD of PAT-MED AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM. the all female color guard looked real sharp and we appreciate their support each year.

    Our sincere appreciation for all who took the time on a cold and windy spring day to Honor Women Serving in the Military.

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    PHOTOS BY GEORGE SURBER
    COMMANDER SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

    Article Submitted by – Chaplain Ray Tomich
    SayvilleAmericanLegion.Com
    Contact # 631-589-0212

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