American Legion Post 86 100th Anniversary

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  • Officers and Honor Guard of the American Legion Lt. Charles A. Meyer Post 86 of Newton invited the community to an Open House on Sunday, March 31, 2019. 

  • Tom Pepe and Denise Arcykiewicz, members of local band Just Us, perform at the American Legion Lt. Charles A. Meyer Post 86 Open House on Sunday, March 31, 2019. 

  • American Legion Lt. Charles A. Meyer Post 86 of Newton hosted an Open House on Sunday, March 31, 2019 to bring together Legion members, potential members, veterans' service organizations, and local veteran-owned businesses. (Photos by Mandy Coriston)

By Mandy Coriston

Andover Township - The American Legion Lt. Charles A. Meyer Post 86 held an open house and business showcase on Sunday, March 31, as part of its celebration of the American Legion’s 100th year of community service to veterans and their families.

Organized by Keith Ackerman, the post’s Sergeant at Arms, the event brought together veterans’ service organizations, local veteran-owned businesses, and highlighted the fellowship and facilities to be found at Post 86. Ackerman also recently reinstated the post’s Honor Guard; the group is available for ceremonies, memorials, and public events.

“We began partnering with vocalists, bagpipers, and buglers for the Honor Guard,” Ackerman said, “and I wanted to continue to network with other local resources. Like many American Legions, we’ve seen membership numbers drop, so I thought an Open House would be a great way to bring people together.”

With a buffet provided by area favorites; Dominick’s, Bagel Bistro, and Homer’s, and acoustic music by classic rockers Just Us, the atmosphere was lively and welcoming. Attendees chatted with health care providers, assistance organizations, and could sign up for a Sussex County Veteran’s ID card, which offers discounts to the holder at many local establishments. A representative of U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) was on hand to take questions and hear veterans’ concerns.

Joe Garsetti of the Sparta Avenue Stage spent the afternoon delighting people with card tricks and sleight of hand.

“It’s all about supporting our veterans,” he said, shuffling a deck of classic Bicycles. "Plus, who doesn’t love a little magic?”

The American Legion Lt. Charles A. Meyer Post 86 is located at 20 Yates Ave., Newton. In addition to regular membership and the Honor Guard, the post offers memberships in the American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the American Legion Riders motorcycle club. Hall rental is available, and new members are always welcome. The post can be reached by phone at (973)383-2386 and can be found on Facebook with a search for "American Legion Post 86, Newton, New Jersey."

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