Hudson Valley 10-13 Association
PO Box 1013, Pearl River, NY 10965-0283 • 845-735-1013
Serving over 950 police families in the Hudson Valley


President’s Message

May 2018

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE May 2018 LOBBY DAY - Thank you to our members who participated in our bus trip to Albany on April 17, 2018. The Albany trip was also well attended by the National 1013 and the Jersey Shore 1013. This trip gives the organization an opportunity to let our legislators know which bills our organization supports.

Thank you also to President Bryant Kolmer and Vice President Anthony Perrone of the Alliance of Public Retiree Organizations of New York for their input on Lobby Day. Our April monthly meeting was held on April 19, 2018 in Yonkers, NY Westchester County. It was well attended and somehow all the franks and beans vanished. It was nice to see Hudson Valley 1013 members that I haven't seen in a while.

A reminder to our members that Sunday, May 13, 2018 is Mother's Day. Our next General Membership Meeting is Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Post, Pomona, NY. On Sunday, May 20, 2018 the Law Enforcement Memorial Service will take place in front of the Rockland County Courthouse at 11:00 am. Immediately after the service there will be a luncheon at the American Legion Hall across from Route 304 on American Legion Way, New City, NY. This post is the William E. DeBevoise American Legion Post. All members should try to attend. We should never forget our officers and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Our annual picnic will take place on Monday, June 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm at The American Legion Post in Pomona, NY. The National 1013 Annual Convention will be held on Sunday, September 23, to Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Villa Roma Resort Hotel in Callicoon, NY. The Mega Raffle and the college scholarships will be drawn during this event.

Best Regards,
John Creegan, President



Standing for the National Anthem is not an option:

(The following was written by Al Chestone, in response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem. )

How fortunate you are to play football in the NFL, Before rowdy or dedicated fans who boo and yell. The field and boundaries are all lined in white. In the center of the field a choir can be seen in the bright light.

Proud Americans stand as the National Anthem is about to be sung, As a reminder of our freedom and how it was won. The fighting soldiers were male and female, Black, Latino, Asian and White. Many of whom lost their lives, an arm, a leg and even their precious sight.

Battlefields were not manicured but rather bloodied with dirty old rags. They crawled in mud and filth to capture a mountain and plant a flag. Their game of war unlike football was hell on earth, never to be forgotten, Be it in Europe, Pacific, Viet Nam, Korea, The Desert, Iraq or Afghanistan.

Champions in sports are celebrated with parades, showered with confetti. Some soldiers of war have been showered with Agent Orange and so deadly. Let's turn back to Mr. K and his cowardly act of disrespect toward our Flag. Ask that he face the mothers and fathers who are left with only dog tags.

Ask Mr. K to face some Black, Latino, Asian, and White wounded warriors, And mention his refusal to stand at the playing of the National Anthem. Ask Mr. K to face the group of female soldiers who have lost arms and legs And state why he refuses to stand at the playing of the National Anthem.

These warriors have enabled us to look for all the tomorrows and sunsets to follow, For they have made this land so sacred, so hallow. They are like candles that will forever shine, For they have brightened up another place, more perfect, more precious, more divine.

So Mr. K, why not be a true role model and helper of the poor and address what you consider to be wrong-doings towards minorities, rather than act as a rabble-rouser And encourage disrespect of our Flag and our National Anthem.

About the Author: Al Chestone, a true patriot, was an accomplished individual. He was active in his community, wrote several books, fought in the Second World War, and worked as an agent for the FBI. Unfortunately, Mr. Chestone (at the young age of 94) passed away soon after he penned the above. May he rest in peace!

Richard Molloy


HV 10-13 attendees at Florida's February 2018 reunion.
Photo by John Briganti VP HV 10-13


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