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Bala Cynwyd Post Legion’s annual Veterans and First Responders’ Breakfast returns

Nick Fiorellini

To honor first responders in the area, the Vandiver-Moylan Post 355 is hosting a free breakfast on November 13. Here's everything you need to know about the event.

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Vandiver-Moylan Post 355 in Bala Cynwyd.Courtesy of the Vandiver-Moylan Post's website.

BALA CYNWYD, PA – Do you like breakfast food?

Because the Vandiver-Moylan Post 355 in Bala Cynwyd is serving it hot on Saturday, November 13 at their third annual Veterans and First Responders’ Breakfast. The meal will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, coffee, and orange or cranberry juice. All veterans and first responders are welcomed and eat for free. Families and loved ones are asked to make a donation to the Post.

The event will be held at the Post's lodge on 850 Conshohocken State Road from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. noon. Masks will be required until food is served. Call or email the post at 610-664-9122 or 355AmericanLegionPost@gmail.com to RSVP.

“It’s a chance to get together – even with masks on – for some comradery,” Naomi Mastrocola, the Post’s current commander, tells NewsBreak via email. Mastrocola also notes that, while this is the third Veterans and First Responders’ Breakfast, the Post has been unable to host the event in two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of the event volunteers, Mastrocola notes, will be family members of veterans, nurses, doctors, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters from different generations.

Stuffed animals will be presented to police and other first responders who use the toys to give to children after being involved in a traumatic incident like a motor vehicle accident.

Attendees will also have the chance to participate in a raffle, where they can win challenge coins, t-shirts, and hats, and enjoy a history showcase that details the history of the Vandiver-Moylan Post.

“[The history showcase] is also our chance to show off our Post with its impressive history since our membership began in 1919, our building was built in 1937,” says Mastrocola. “We’ve recently acquired a Soviet sailor's hat and belt, a mint condition World War One uniform, and a French Foreign Legion hat with epaulets.”

Other items in the showcase will include Japanese dog tags, sabers, shell casings, aircraft books, and Stars and Stripes Civil War books with dates and pictures of regiments of soldiers from the Civil War era.

The event will mark the beginnings of the Post’s Toys for Tots and Operation Homefront collections.

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