Veterans at LIU Post Install American Legion Chapter on Campus
Sarah DeCamp,Associate Director of Public Relations
As part of the university’s continued mission to provide assistance and support to our nation’s men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces, veterans at LIU Post founded the Admiral Richard L. Conolly American Legion Post No. 2014 and held an installation ceremony on May 28 to induct officers. The Post 2014 chapter is the first to be installed on a university campus in the state of New York. The event included the presentation of the charter, speakers and representation from the offices of both the Nassau County American Legion and from New York State American Legion, and other distinguished guests.
Representative Steve Israel (D-NY 3rd District) spoke at the event and presented an American flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to Michael Knauer (’13 B.S.), commander of the new Post 2014. “This college is a partner for veterans,” said Israel. “It represents a new model for America.”
“Our veteran students and their families are an integral part of our community,” said Jackie Nealon, chief of staff and vice president of enrollment, campus life, and communications at LIU. “Their success instills pride in all of us. Like generations of veterans before them, who benefited greatly from government assistance such as the G.I. Bill, our nation’s veterans will join our LIU community to serve as they did in uniform, with great pride and distinction.”
The post has 20 members, all of whom are current or former students at LIU Post. The chapter is named after Admiral Conolly, one of our nation’s top military leaders, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War I and II and, following his military career, as president of LIU from 1953 to 1962. In attendance at the ceremony were two of his great-grandchildren, Victoria Conolly and Samuel Conolly, a specialist in the U.S. Army. On March 1, 1962, Admiral Conolly and his wife, Helen B. Conolly, were passengers aboard American Airlines Flight 1, which crashed into Jamaica Bay soon after take-off from Idlewild Airport—now John F. Kennedy International— in N.Y., killing all 95 passengers and crew aboard.
The American Legion was chartered in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.
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