To restore this cannon for American Legion Post 1009
Finished just in time for the Yorktown Heights Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25, 2015, 11:00 AM in Yorktown Heights, NY. Our BSA troop 164 trailered the American Legion - Yorktown, NY Post #1009 restored WWI cannon as a float in the parade. A small ceremony was held at the Legion hall following the main ceremony at the Gazebo. Thank you to everyone who came down to remember and honor our Veterans who gave "Their last full measure of devotion!" Thank You!
My name is Paul from BSA Troop 164 in Yorktown Heights, NY. I have undertaken the restoration of a WWI Bethlehem Steel 37mm Cannon (Mark A, Model I) for our local American Legion Post 1009. This will include sandblasting, repairing and repainting the gun and carriage, and adding a new set of wheels. An historical plaque identifying the cannon will also be installed. Please bookmark our site and revisit for updates and photos on our progress. THANK YOU!
Ever since I was a boy my mother and father took us to the Memorial Day and Veterans Day parade which culminated at Veterans Field across from the American Legion Hall, a tradition that continues to this day when I march with my Boy Scout Troop. Their cannon has been a part of my life since then, and over the years I watched its deterioration from the ravages of time and weather. With both of my grandfathers US Veterans, and my great-grandfathers WWI Veterans, and the AL Post 1009 our troop's sponsor, it seemed all too proper and appropriate for me to choose to restore the cannon for my Eagle Project. I hope that it will serve as a reminder to all citizens of the sacrifices our Veterans made, and continue to make, to keep our country free!
The cannon as it appears now at the American Legion Hall's Memorial Park. Clearly it needs to be restored to it's former glory, as a lasting tribute to the sacrifices of our Nation's Veterans.
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