Programs and Events

TO ALL POST 53 MEMBERS, FRIENDS AND THE VILLAGE OF RIDGEWOOD COMMUNITY 

We are pleased to announce that as of April 2021 Ridgewood American Legion Post 53 has resumed its post pandemic monthly member meetings, community services, veterans support services and annual events and other activities as listed in the schedule of events below. We are and will forever be an organization established 102 years ago to assist our courageous veterans and their families in times of need. We shall also never foreget those that served in all of America’s wars who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

Bob Paoli, Commander Ridgewood American Legion Post 53

MEMORIAL DAY FLAG PLACEMENT AT VALLEAU CEMETERY

Memorial Day Flags will be placed at the grave sites of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation. The event will take place on May 8, 2021 at Valleau Cemetery Ridgewood beginning at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are welcome.

2021 MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE VAN NESTE PARK RIDGEWOOD NJ 

On May 31, 2021, American Legion Post 53 will conduct Memorial Day Services at Van Neste Park Ridgewood NJ honoring those service men and women who made ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nations armed forces. The service is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

FLAG DAY 2021

June 14, 2021 is the day we celebrate the American Flag. Members of American Legion Post 53 will visit Ridgewood’s public schools to provide a demonstration on the history and care of the American Flag. Schools that will be visited is to be determined.

4TH OF JULY PARADE 2021

Members of American Legion Post 53 will participate in the Ridgewood’s annual Fourth of July Parade that will be held on Monday July 5, 2021. Post 53 has will preside over the July 4th flag raising and by marching in the parade.

This year marks the 102nd Anniversary of the establishment of the American Legion and the establishment of Ridgewood American Legion Post 53.  All members of Post 53 should endeavor to be available to take part in the parade and related events.

GOLD STAR MOTHERS DAY EVENT 2021

Gold Star Mothers Day, will be celebrated on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Van Neste Park Ridgewood and will be commemorated with the placing and display of luminaries in Van Neste Park beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to all to attend.

BLUE STAR FAMILIES DINNER 2021

On Friday October 15, 2021 (date is tentative and subject to change) American Legion Post 53 will conduct it’s annual Blue Star Families Dinner. All Blue Star families are invited to attend. Exact date, time and location will be provided at a later date.

VETERANS DAY SERVICE  2021

On November 11, 2021 American Legion Post 53 will conduct a service honoring all veterans who have served in our nations’s armed forces to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. the time of the signing of the Armistice ending WWI on November 11, 1914.

RETRIEVAL OF MEMORIAL DAY FLAGS FROM VALLEAU CEMETERY 2021

On November 14, 2021 the members of American Legion Post 53 will retrieve all flags placed at Valleau Cemetery beginning at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers are needed and welcome to help the members retrieve the flags.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53 VETERANS DAY PANEL AT RHS 2021

On a date to be determined during November 2021 members of American Legion Post 53 will participate in Ridgewood High School’s annual Veterans Day breakfast and educational forum at Ridgewood High School. Date of this event is yet to be determined. Please check back on our website for any updates for this event.

WREATH LAYING AT VALLEAU CEMETERY 2021

At 9:00 a.m. On a date to be determined in December 2021 members of American Legion Post 53 will lay Christmas Wreaths a Valleau Cemetery to remember our fallen veterans. Six wreaths will be laid to represent each of the branches of our nations armed forces. A seventh wreath will be placed at the grave site of Medal of Honor recipient Charles Hoskins, one of only five buried in the State of New Jersey. This event is open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

APPROPRIATE DISPOSAL OF AMERICAN FLAGS

There  are TWO  deposit sites to drop off used, tattered  and worn American Flags located at:
In the village hall 2nd floor at Police Desk.

The Ridgewood R.R.station outside the ticket office.

MIDLAND PARK THRIFT SHOP VOLUNTEERS

Each January of the new year American Legion Post 53 provides members as volunteers to assist with the operations of the thrift shop. Members are encouraged to volunteer. Please contact Commander Bob Paoli if you are interested in volunteering a small amount of your time.