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In a project initiated by American Legion Post 53, the Ridgewood Village Council approved at the June 14, 2023 Public Meeting placement of a permanent tribute to Gold Star Families in Memorial Park at Van Neste Square. 

Referred by some as “the unseen side of Memorial Day.” The monument is meant to be an instrument of expression, loss and grief to portray the emotion and strength of Gold Star Family members, the anguish that families experience with any military loss. 

It is hoped that this project will be finished for unveiling on Gold Star Family Day in late September, 2024 or on Veterans’ Day 2024, in conjunction with the centennial of the War Memorial. This community project is dependent on contributions from local supporters. 

Donations are also being accepted for our annual Memorial Day Poppy Drive.

The Community Thrift Shop in Midland Park Shopping Center will take donations on behalf of American Legion post 53.  Our donation number is 13.

Ridgewood Post 53 is a New Jersey 501 (c) (19) Non-profit Service Organization.

Ways to donate:

By Paypal

Donations may also be made online. Please select “Make a Donation” below that will bring you to our “Secured” PayPal donation page.

By Mail

Please send your donations to:

Ridgewood American Legion Post 53
P.O. Box 1525
Ridgewood, NJ 07450