Annual Dinner with Friends
Held every 1st Saturday of February, this popular open-invitation event is a mid-winter opportunity to enjoy the warmth of mingling, friendship, socializing, and Funnery over dinner and drinks!. Don’t let winter’s bluster keep you indoors! Join us to reconnect with your friends and neighbors as the brisk winds blow! Details and tickets are available on this website.
Memorial Day Weekend Flag-lined Mantua Avenue
Memorial Day weekend in Wenonah is marked by the deployment of American flags along both sides of Mantua Avenue in Wenonah from Woodbury Glassboro Road to the Wenonah Cemetery where the Memorial Day Cemetery Service takes place. Lining Mantua Ave with American Flags is one way we remind residents of the real meaning of Memorial Day. Look for our crew in our Post 192 reflective vests on Memorial Day Friday afternoon deploying those flags and honk horn to show your support!
Memorial Day Parade & Cemetery
For families who lost loved ones serving in our nation’s military, every day is Memorial Day. And yet, for this unofficial start of summer, too many Americans give little regard to the real meaning of this federal holiday. No one should feel guilty as they plan Memorial Day weekend activities such as cookouts, trips to the shore, and outings at Wenonah Lake and swimming pools with families and friends. But all of us should take a moment to reflect on our freedoms and those who served and lost their lives in our nation’s military to ensure those freedoms – the real meaning of Memorial Day. If you
can, please join us on Memorial Day, which is always the last Monday in May,
beginning at 8:45 am as we walk from the corner of Marion and Mantua Avenues in Wenonah to the Wenonah Cemetery, where we conduct a short ceremony service. The service includes memorial tributes, a grade-school reading about Memorial Day,
placement of flowers on graves of veterans by Scouts, playing of taps, and a 3-volley rifle salute to the fallen. If you can’t join us for Memorial Day, take a moment wherever you are to pause with your family and friends to recognize the real meaning of Memorial Day.
Honor Guard & Rifle Squad Ceremonies
Post 192’s Honor Guard and Rifle Squad participates in events such as Memorial Day Parade & Cemetery Service, July 4th Parade & military tribute, 9/11 Memorial, and funeral services for veterans. The Rifle Squad uses .30 caliber M-1 Garand Rifles on loan by the US Army in accordance with Title 10 USC §7683 as implemented by Army Regulation 700-131. These rifles were the service rifle of the US military during World War II and the Korean War. The Post 192 Rifle Squad treats these rifles with the utmost respect commensurate with their significant role in US history and their ownership by the US Army.
Veterans Day Yard Sign Displays
Observed annually on November 11, Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks
to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. Post 192 encourages all local veterans to be acknowledged for their service, which is why we provide yard signs free of charge to all veterans, whether Post 192 members or not, so
they can be acknowledged on and around Veterans Day. Know a veteran who would like one of our yard signs? Email us to let us know!
What is “R2V2”? R2V2 is short for Rapid Response Volunteer Veterans! R2V2 is a service provided by members of Post 192 augmented by supporting volunteers and is one example of how we support our community. The R2V2 provides free short-term
assistance to the elderly, veterans, single parents of young children, disabled, active military and their families, and all others who are unable to undertake the work themselves. Our short-term services have included raking leaves, shoveling snow, cleaning gutters, cutting trees, clearing debris, repairing and maintaining trails, and moving heavy furniture.
Veterans Day Coin Drop
The Veterans Day Coin Drop is one of our biggest fundraisers, necessary to fund the many programs we sponsor, including post-secondary scholarships. Always on a Saturday near Veterans Day, our Coin Drop has been a great opportunity for you to support us as you continue to demonstrate each year! Thank you for your generosity. Some of you have even dropped $100 bills in our helmets. Thank you for supporting us in supporting veterans and the military!
Boys State Delegates
Boys State is a week-long in-residence all expenses paid program for delegates selected from males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining. Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for US high school students with a strong tradition of education, patriotism, and excellence in the development of tomorrow leaders. Boys State is a nonpartisan hands-on program that teaches high school males responsible citizenship, leadership, and civics during an intensive week of study on the campus of Ryder University in Lawrenceville, NJ every
year beginning on Father's Day. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government,
Boys State was founded in 1935. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs. If you are a junior in high school and are interested in attending Boys State, please contact your high school Guidance Counselor early in your second semester of your junior year or contact us directly.
Jersey Girls State Delegates
Girls State is a week-long in-residence all expenses paid program for delegates selected from females who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and who have at least one more semester remaining. Girls State is among the most
respected and selective experiential educational programs of government instruction for US high school students. Only those who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community are considered in the selection process for Girls State Delegates. Girls State is a nonpartisan hands-on program that
teaches high school females who have completed their Junior year, responsible citizenship, leadership, and civics during an intensive in-residence, all expenses paid week of study on the campus of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. If you are
a junior in high school and are interested in attending Girls State, please contact your high school Guidance Counselor early in your second semester of your junior year or contact us directly.
Post-secondary School Scholarships
Wenonah’s Post 192 of the American Legion offers scholarships to graduating Wenonah seniors who will be attending a post-secondary institution and who is EITHER related to a family member serving or has served on active duty in the US Armed Forces OR who has volunteered in some capacity to support activities of the American Legion’s Post 192 such as serving as a Delegate in Boys State or Girls State. The
family member who is serving or has served in the military may be a brother, sister, father, mother, grandfather, or grandmother (but not aunts, uncles, or in laws). Those who served as delegates to NJ Boys State or NJ Girls State sponsored by Post 192 are considered to have volunteered their time to Post 192 activities. If you are interested in being considered for a Post 192 scholarship, please contact your high school Guidance Counselor or contact us directly for an application.
Grade School Honor Awards
Each year, Post 192 recognizes 6th graders graduating from Wenonah Elementary School with certificates and monetary awards for citizenship and patriotism. These awardees are selected by the faculty. In addition, Post 192 selects one essay about the meaning of Memorial Day from those submitted by the 6th graders. The author of the selected essay is provided a monetary award and given the opportunity to read their essay during the Cemetery Service on Memorial Day.
Veterans Corner of Wenonah Park
Veterans Corner was created to serve as a tribute to those from Wenonah who served in the US military, and as a special tribute to those who died while serving. Post 192 takes great care to enhance and maintain this corner, which includes monuments for World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. As part of our Centennial Celebration in 2020, Post 192 installed two additional monuments: one that pays tribute to those from Wenonah who served or are serving during the Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism and the other is a granite reflecting bench that pays tribute to all who served in our nation’s military. The corner is also filled with personalized engraved paver bricks, which our supporters purchased to fund the new monuments. Please stop to view the monuments and the personal messages on the engraved pavers.
Serving Homeless Veterans at Stand Down of South Jersey
Members of Post 192 assist homeless veterans by participating in the annual Stand Down of South Jersey. This program provides services and products to homeless veterans along with shelter, meals, clothing, and dental, vision, and medical attention.
Free Coffee & Pastries for Boroughwide Yard Sale
Post 192 engages with the community often and the Boroughwide Yard Sale each April is just such an opportunity. As you swing by the Community Center to grab a free yard sale map, stop by for free coffee, pastries, and lively chitter chat! And as you visit all
the yard sales and make your awesome finds, celebrate by stopping by again for more!
Tribute to Active-duty Military on July 4th
When someone joins the military and takes the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, their family feels they also are serving our Country. Just ask the families who have loved ones serving in the military. It is with that recognition that we pay tribute to local residents who are serving on active duty during the July 4th Patriotic Ceremony in Wenonah Park. Know a local resident on active military duty? Please let us know and we’ll include them in our tribute!
July 4th Concession Stand
Post 192 runs the Concession Stand in Wenonah Park in concert with the Wenonah Volunteer Fire Company as part of the July 4th Beer Garden! Come out to join us immediately after the Patriotic Ceremonies on July 4th to support the fire company and Post 192 by enjoying beer, the commemorative mugs, hot dogs, Tacos-in-a-bag, and other concessions in the Beer Garden!
Other Community Engagements
Members of Post 192 engage the community in many other ways, including giving presentations on historical aspects of the military and display and care of the American Flag, including flag etiquette. Please let us know if you would like us to participate in your event!