Sunday Community Breakfasts Every Sunday, with few exceptions, for over 20 years the Legion has served between 100-150 patrons every week. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is served from 7:30 until 11 a.m. Your choice of pancakes, toast, sausage, bacon, eggs your way, home fries, French toast and beverages (OJ, tomato juice, milk, hot cocoa, tea and coffee). Featured specials: first Sunday of each month: S.O.S. gravy. Third Sunday of each month: sausage gravy and biscuits.
The Legion Breakfast owes its successful longevity to three things: simplicity, value and consistency. "The weekend meal serves as one of the longest continuously held community breakfasts in the county, and has become a staple weekend routine for many." -Matthew White, The Evening Sun, Aug. 20, 2014. The affordable Sunday Community Breakfast is just $7.00 -Adults; Senior Citizens, $6.00; Children 7-12 yrs., $5.00; under 6 FREE! ($7.50 for take-outs.) All are welcome, and a breakfast membership card is available at the register (for no charge) for frequent diners.
The weekend institution began on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 1994, as a community building movement to help generate interest and awareness of the Legion and its activities amongst the community. Today in addition to promoting the Legion, proceeds benefit the mission of the American Legion. If a Sunday Community Breakfast is to benefit a specific community individual/group in need, it will be announced, in advance.
On the third Sunday in December, come have breakfast with Santa Claus at the Legion.
Where do the funds go?
As needed, fundraising proceeds go toward the Legion's mission: mentoring youth, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. Locally, the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 uses some funds for the building fund - to maintain the historic Post home used for veterans; for sponsorship of wholesome programs in the Oxford, NY, community, youth organizations; or to help post members in financial need (such as medical bills) in our community. To name a few, funds raised have been used for Community Christmas gift baskets, Oxford Food Pantry, Oxford Academy student financial awards and senior scholarships, Legion youth baseball teams, the Oxford Youth Center, OYSP, CC Habitat for Humanity, and donations to the Volunteer Services of the NYS Veteran's Home at Oxford .
Memorial Day has become the most important day of recognition of our armed forces. It's a day to remember and honor our country's heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. Each Memorial Day the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 organizes several activities -including five memorial services (at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, the Main Street Bridge, Riverview Cemetery, the NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford, and at Warn Ten Broeck Cemetery) and a big parade, that includes the "Pride of the Valley," the Oxford Academy Blackhawks Marching Band.
The parade lines up at the Oxford American Legion Post # 376, at 17 South Washington Avenue, and steps off at 9:30 a.m. The parade is led by the Post #376 Color Guard and Rifle Squad, Legionnaires, Sons of the American Legion (SAL's), and the Auxiliary. The parade also features the Village of Oxford Mayor Terry Stark and the Oxford Town Supervisor Lawrence Wilcox, the Fire Department and the Fire Department Explorers and other volunteer Fire Departments and youth groups.
June Legion BBQ
June Legion BBQ and Concert-Scholarship Fundraiser The Fort Hill American Legion Post 376 hosts a fundraising Pork BBQ at the Post home in June (the first was on June 11, 2016), from noon to 6 p.m. The Legion's primary goal is to raise funds for graduating seniors' scholarships. A second benefit, created by door prizes, raffles, and especially great food, drink, and excellent live music, is to make people forget that they're benefiting the community while they're having so much fun!
July Blackhawk Alumni Ice Breaker
The Oxford Academy reunion weekend kick-off happens each year at the Fort Hill American Legion on the last Friday in July, sponsored by Post 376. Alums bring their appetites, yearbooks, and dancing shoes for an evening of fun! Food is available from 5 - 9 p.m. The Legion, with help from the Auxiliary, cooks up a variety of hot sandwiches such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. Guests dance to the sounds of DJ Dennis and the 5 Minute Idols from 6 -10 p.m., but the party keeps on going. Oxford Academy class reunions, other alums, and all the public are welcome! (Cash bar; over 21, please.) This American Legion fundraiser occurs annually on the last Friday (of the last full weekend) in July. This event benefits the mission of the American Legion.
Raffles and Dinners
Occasionally there are fundraising dinners as well as raffle drawings for handmade afghans, quilts, baskets, etc. Dates and items vary, but the benefits are always for the mission of the American Legion, a patriotic veteran's organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veteran's service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our community, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Veterans Day Observance
On November 11, the Fort Hill American Legion Post #376 invites the community to join them on Veterans Day. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m., when they will reflect on the service and sacrifice of members of the Nation’s armed forces with an honorable service, ceremony, “Taps,” and light refreshments. Since the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, Veterans Day has stood as an opportunity for the United States, as both a nation and its citizens, to pause and honor American veterans of all wars – and thus a day very close to The American Legion's heart and mission.
The Fort Hill American Legion, with community service as one of its pillars, is involved in blood donation efforts. They hold regular blood drives in conjunction with the American Red Cross. American Red Cross, Southern Tier Chapter of Endicott, NY, hosts Community Blood Drives at the Fort Hill American Legion Post 376, 17 South Washington Avenue, Oxford, NY. Drives are on the 2nd Saturday of every other month (July, Sept, Nov, Jan, Mar, May), 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the dining room. Please call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make your life saving appointment today!