After the end of World War I, a group of sixteen veterans in Oxford, NY, decided to start their own chapter of the American Legion, the Fort Hill American Legion Post No. 376. They were granted their charter on September 30, 1919, shortly after the national American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress on March 19, 1919. They named it Fort Hill after a nearby historic area in the Village of Oxford said to have been built by Native Americans of the Tuscarora Nation which was one of the oldest fortifications in the east. This was the start of Post 376, a long enduring patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
Due to the pandemic, for everyone's safety, there will be no services on Memorial Day at St. Joseph's and Riverview Cemeteries.
There will be a Chicken BBQ at the Legion on Memorial Day at the Legion Post 376. Legion members will be selling barbecue chicken halves prepared by Oxford's own Tim, Tim and the Team. The chicken, $6.00 a half, will be sold starting at 10 a.m. until all are gone!
American Legion Post 376 Commander Darlene Ardron said a few words, "Remember to say a prayer for our veterans that have passed and give thanks to them for the services they gave. We also need to remember the veterans that returned from conflicts. They deserve our thanks for their services also. Stay home with your loved ones and enjoy your day, and thank God for the red, white, and blue."
Today, the Oxford American Legion Fort Hill Post #376 is part of the nation's largest veterans service organization. They are a member of the Chenango County American Legion, under the Department of New York. They are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of Oxford youth, community service in Oxford, upholding patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and the continuation of the care of veterans. Please peruse our website and learn about our Post, how we fufill the mission, and how you can join the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 of Oxford, NY.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires' sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.