Master Sgt. LeRoy Heyliger salutes a wreath placed at the Mattituck war memorial on Memorial Day. Mr. Heyliger, a former member of Mattituck Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 11117, said he and other members were encouraged to join the Southold American Legion when the the Mattituck VFW post folded two years ago. He said he didn’t know why they weren’t encouraged to join the Mattituck Legion. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
Members of Mattituck American Legion Post No. 861 no longer march in parades. Their numbers have gotten so low that they don’t meet in person anymore either.
“We used to have a meeting the first Tuesday of every month, but since there’s so few members coming out, we’ve pretty much resorted to meetings through phone calls,” said Paul Majeski, the Legion post’s commander. (more…)