American Legion Post 411 is a chartered affiliate of the national
organization whose paperwork shares a mutual 9 September 1919 founding date. We were issued our permanent charter 14 June 1923.
The membership settled into its present "barracks" -- located directly behind Islip Town Hall -- in 1932, when the facility was thoughtfully and generously donated to us by a forward-thinking local resident and Post officer. We've kept our white-painted meeting place inspection ready ever since, and she's delivered exemplary service to thousands over the intevening years.
Still Serving Community, State and Nation
Despite tight recruiting limitations imposed by war-time service restrictions of American Legion membership, Post 411 still counts appriximately 160 on its roster today -- some 50 of whom are regularly active -- and a very capable Ladies Auxiliary complement of 15. In recent years, we've seen an encouraging influx Vietnam era servicemen -- settling into retirement -- step up to reinforce our core group of Korean Conflict volunteers.
As a group, Post 411 meets formally at 8 p.m. the first and third Thursday each month, with a one meeting schedule observed in the summer months of July and August. We host a community "Night at the Races" and breakfast most cycles. Dinners, socials and recognition events are held throughout the year.
Our efforts in proud support of veterans, youth and communtiy are ongoing, and range from parade organization to grave markings, from flag ceremonies to student body scholarship award presentations, and from cooperative ventures that promote law and order to direct VA service, veterans adocacy, Boy Scout project involvement, welcome home event appearances and funeral recognitions.
The Story Behind Our Name
Our Post home draws its name in honor of two town residents who served the community in peacetime and nation in war. Joseph Rusy and Emil J. Bohm were both former members of the Islip Fire Department, an organization with whom the Post continues to maintain close working relationships with today. These brave Army infantrymen were lost protecting America's overseas interests during the First World War.
Joseph Rusy was inducted in April, 1917 and felled while participating in a raiding party action near Thaicourt, France on 22 September 1918. Emil Joseph Bohm was called to duty in December of 1917. He laid down his life during action in the Argonne Forest of France 27 September 1918.
We fondly remember and commemorate the sacrifice of these noble comrades-in-arms, whose handpainted portraits grace the walls of our meeting room.
we associate ourselves together
for the following purposes ...
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
THE LEGION PREAMBLE