Penn Yan American Legion marks 98 years with awards

Johnson-Costello Post American Legion post 355 celebrated its 98th anniversary March 25, when it recognized members, volunteers, and local law enforcement and emergency responders.

Andy Swarthout was honored as the Seventh District Legionnaire of the Year, and was presented with a Lifetime Membership award for his contributions to the post and the needs of area veterans. For 16 years, he has served at the chairman of the Memorial Day observations in Penn Yan. He also organizes military honors at funerals in the area.

As the Seventh District Legionnaire of the Year, he will be honored in June by district officials, and at the State Convention in Syracuse in July, when all 10 District Legionnaires will be recognized and one will receive the statewide award.

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