Past Post Commander Samuel D. Hayes Recognized as the Pillar of the post
Samuel D. Hayes served in the Armed Forces for twenty-five years. He is currently an active member with the AMVETS, American Legion, Disable American Veterans, National Order of Trench Rats and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Hayes is currently serving as Senior Vice Commander and Membership Chairman with Westampton AMVETS Post 79. The Post membership has vastly increased during his four years as Membership Chairman. Also, Hayes is serving his fourth year as the Department Provost Marshall and serves on the Department Convention Corporation. Hayes is a Chartered Member of Westampton American Legion Post 509. He served two years as Adjutant and two years as Commander. Hayes is currently serving his twenty-fourth year as Finance Officer and Membership Chairman. During his years as Membership Chairman, the Post has received numerous awards from National, State and County due to his hard work. In addition, he is the County Chairman for the Sons of American Legion for the past eight years Another organization that Hayes works hard with is the Disable American Veterans. He is currently serving his eight year as their Treasurer. He also served three years as the State Commanders Aid with the DAV, He currently visits the Philadelphia Veterans Hospital and Nursing Home bringing joy and cheers to the sick and disable veterans.The Nation Order of Trench Rats is a fraternal and honor organization under the umbrella of the Disable American Veterans. Hayes serves as the Iron Claw (Sgt-At-Arms) with this organization. The Trench Rats also check on the welfare of veterans and widows who are sick and disable. Hayes also serves on a variety of committees with the American Logion post 509. Including House Commity and Website Administrator. The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. The American Legion has published a special report on key election issues geared toward candidates for national office, their challengers, voters and others who are interested. The 28-page report, "Our Pillars, Your Platform," pinpoints the Legion’s stand on the most critical issues of today such as veterans health care, jobs and education for returning servicemembers, immigration, benefits and more. Each of the four pillars of the Legion are covered: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.The report was produced on behalf of the Legion’s more than 2.4 million members, the wartime veterans of the 20th and 21st centuries who can be found in 14,000 posts and in nearly every community in the U.S Our Department of New York Adjutant Richard Pedro says there is a fifth pillar that was just as important to the organization – Past National Commander John H. Geiger, who passed away in Illinois at age 85.“People always talk about the four pillars of The American Legion,” said Pedro, whose friendship with Geiger spanned five decades. “But he was a pillar himself. He meant that much to The American Legion.” Pedro served on the National Commander’s Advisory Committee with Geiger from 1978 to 1999; the pair roomed together during numerous national conventions and other meetings. “His love, outside of his family, was The American Legion,” Pedro said. “He was very astute when it came to Legion history and Legion programs. But beyond that, he was just a brilliant guy. He was an exceptional person, and his word was solid. It was his bond.
Post Commander Edward Baldinger and membership chairman Sam Hayes received a $500 check and certificate from American Legion State Commander Gene O’Grady at the Burlington County American Legion banquet at Charley’s Other Brother in Eastampton on March 9 2013