Whenever Uncle Sam needs help, brave men and women answer the call to serve in the armed forces. In Saugerties, the Lamouree-Hackett Post #72 American Legion Veterans Museum — which turns 30 this year — honors hometown heroes. This month, the site opens its doors to the general public on Memorial Day (one of only two days in the year that it does so, the other being Veteran’s Day).
More than 300 artifacts — flags, medals, letters, uniforms, photographs, and other items — dating from as far back as the French and Indian War illuminate the military service of local residents through the years. “Our museum was founded for the purpose of preserving the memorabilia of those who had served in all of our wars, so present and future generations could appreciate the sacrifices made by our citizens and their families,” says museum co-curator Bill Payne.
Young people in the community have helped the facility safeguard local history. Groups including the Girl Scouts and the members of the high school’s technology class and Key Club have accomplished a variety of tasks, from building display cases to conducting interviews for the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project. Says Payne, “It is our service to the public to provide an educational opportunity so that all can better understand our history as a town and as a nation.”
A salute to local veterans takes place at the museum on May 30 at 6 p.m.; afterwards, the site is open to the public. 30 John St., Saugerties. 518-588-5462 or http://village.saugerties.ny.us