American Legion has new sign, exterior lighting in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 April 2024 at 8:33 am

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ALBION – The American Legion in Albion has a new sign and exterior lighting at the post on Gaines Basin Road.

The former clubhouse at Pap Pap’s Par 3 has been the home for the Legion for several years now.

The veterans’ organization has been working on the building. Last year the organization put on a new roof and siding on the building, as well as electrical and lighting upgrades, and an installation of flags from each branch of the military.

The Legion also put in a new concrete front patio and placed seven spent rounds, and one live round. The live round is in honor of the military currently deployed, the seven other bullets represent the gun salute from the Honor Guard, with three volleys of seven rounds.

This tribute is in front of a memorial bench for the late Jason Johnston, who was 24 when he was killed by a roadside bomb on Dec. 26, 2009 in Arghandab, Afghanistan.

The Sheet Post is named in honor of two brothers from Albion who died on the same day of World War I.

James and Egbert Sheret both died on September 29, 1918.

A member of Co. F. 108th Reg., NY Volunteer Infantry, Sgt. James Sheret was killed in action during the attack on the Hindenburg Line. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for the bravery of his actions.

Pvt. Egbert Sheret, a machine gunner, was also killed in action that day.

Another brother, Andrew, was wounded in World War I, but survived. A fourth brother, John G. served in the Navy and survived the war.