Thank a vet in Woodhaven this weekend
by Ed Wendell
Jun 20, 2017 | 1356 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents and veterans of American Legion Post 118 at a previous Woodhaven Thank A Vet barbecue.
Residents and veterans of American Legion Post 118 at a previous Woodhaven Thank A Vet barbecue.
They are the two simplest words in the English language: thank you. Too often, we gloss over those words, forgetting to thank those who put themselves on the line for us and for our country.

So this Saturday, June 24, from noon to 3 p.m., the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will be gathering for a “thank you” barbecue for our veterans. And the entire neighborhood is invited.

“This exemplifies the true meaning of community, friendship and family” said Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association. “We’re all a part of this community, and we’re all one big family in Woodhaven. It’s a great way to say ‘thank you’ to the vets and also a great way for us all to come out and meet some new neighbors.”

The barbecue will be at American Legion Post 118’s headquarters at 89-02 91st Street (behind PS 60). There will be hamburgers and hot dogs and coleslaw and chips – a good, old-fashioned neighborhood barbecue.

The last time the WRBA held this barbecue, some of the residents went across the street and tried to recapture their youth by having a game of stickball.

Sadly, the stickballs they make these days are much smaller and there was definitely something faulty with the stick I was using. But at least my swings provided the rest of the players with a good breeze.

But throughout all of the laughs and fun, we all keep in mind the reason we are there, to thank the veterans for their service.

And if you are a veteran living in Woodhaven, please come out to the barbecue on Saturday. The American Legion is looking for new members and this is a great opportunity to meet with them and discuss the benefits of joining.

Through the American Legion you can receive guidance on which government benefits you are eligible to receive. You will also get a free subscription to the American Legion Magazine, which is packed with timely and useful information for veterans.

The American Legion also offers members and their families money-saving discounts that can easily cover the cost of annual membership dues.

Most importantly, the American Legion has been part of the fabric of Woodhaven for 98 years, and by joining you can help ensure that they will be around for the next 98.

This is part of a big Woodhaven party weekend. The night before the barbecue, on Friday, June 23, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will be hosting its annual “Pay One Price” Party at the Forest Park Carousel from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For just $10 you get unlimited rides on the landmarked Forest Park Carousel, as well as the new Woodhaven Express Train Ride. As a bonus, everyone will also be able to play the Basketball Shootout and Ring Toss Games for prizes.

All proceeds from the event go to the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society, which will be used towards the maintenance of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery on 96th Street and the upcoming Museum of Woodhaven History.

The first payment was made on the museum and we are closer to being able to announce a grand opening.

The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will also be hosting several walking tours around Woodhaven this summer. If you are interested in joining us, sign up for our mailing list at

So if you were planning on sitting around doing nothing this weekend, here are two fun options where you can have fun and help your community. And along the way, you might even make friends with a few of your neighbors. There’s nothing wrong with that!
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