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Post 88 receives commemorative bell

Marilyn Koglmeier, second from right, presents a brass bell to Cazenovia American Legion Commander Jack Mott on March 5, as Post 88 members Scott Machose, left, Joe Barilla and Ernie Koglmeier look on.

Marilyn Koglmeier, second from right, presents a brass bell to Cazenovia American Legion Commander Jack Mott on March 5, as Post 88 members Scott Machose, left, Joe Barilla and Ernie Koglmeier look on. Gene Gissin Photography

— At the regular monthly meeting of the Cazenovia American Legion on March 5, Marilyn Koglmeier presented to Post 88 a brass bell that was donated by her mother, originally given in honor of her deceased father, Maurice Roche, to his local American Legion Post 15 in Queens, N.Y.

Kolgmeier’s father was a Marine in World War I, who served in France and Germany, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He became very active in the American Legion, but unfortunately died at age 34, leaving a young wife and three preschool-aged children.

“Our family continued the connection with the American Legion and they offered a safe and comfortable haven for my mother and her three children. We were very active in Post 15, belonged to the Drum and Bugle Corps and spent many fun times there with our friends,” Kolgmeier said.

Post 15 was disbanded several years ago, and the brass bell was returned to Kolgmeier, who has now donated it to Post 88.

“This bell will be used at our Legion meetings and on Memorial Day when we will strike this bell at the reading of the name of each veteran in our community who has died since last Memorial Day. We are please to accept this family heirloom and the story of its travels,” said Post 88 Commander Jack Mott.

Al Keilen is publicist for Cazenovia American Legion Post 88. He can be reached at alexwkn@aol.com.

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