The four leaders of the American Legion family in New York State will make their official visit to Yates County Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Department of New York Commander Gary Schacher of Cobleskill, Schoharie County will be joined by Department Auxiliary President Marie Mock of Cohoes, Albany County, Sons of the American Legion Commander James Coates of Honeoye Falls, Livingston County, and American Legion Riders Director Bob Wallace of Bloomfield for the day-long visit.
The day will begin with lunch at the Bradley Jessop Post #660, Spring Street, Dundee at noon, followed by a visit to the Oliver House Museum and its World War I exhibit in Penn Yan and conclude with a testimonial dinner at the Johnson-Costello Post #355, 2001 Himrod Rd., Penn Yan. There will be a social hour at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.
Commander Schacher is the first Iraq War veteran to be elected Department Commander. Schacher joined the U.S. Navy in 1980 and served in the Persian Gulf before being released from active duty and joining the Naval Reserves. In the reserves, he was recalled to Active Duty in 2003-2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving with the Seabees in Fallujah. He retired from the Navy in 2006 with 26 years service. He served in many leadership capacities in his 26 years as a member of the American Legion. He and his wife Laurie are parents of two daughters.