Indian Lake NY Post 1392


   All you veterans out there who are not already members, why not join us at the Legion? Give us a hand to help our community and be a part of a local force, as well as a national one, which represents all us veterans. We have to join hands to preserve our principles and what we have fought for.

Serving the “Indian Lake Crew” Hot Eggs from the Grill

On Wednesday, May 18, Post 1392 American Legion served up not only eggs, but a hearty breakfast of coffee, orange juice, pancakes, hash, bacon, grilled potatoes and, of course eggs! Grill master Bob Harris made sure the grill was hot and ready for the Indian Lake Crew! A special treat was donuts from Ben Nolelette, they were great! This is a yearly tradition for Post 1392, the purpose of this early morning gathering is to “THANK” the departments of the Indian Lake Municipality for their ongoing work for the community. Along with Supervisor Brian Wells, the departments who participated were the Town Building and Maintenance, Highway, Parks and Recreation, Water and Sewer and the Transfer Station. This is just one more way the Post 1392 American Legionnaires works to serve the community. Upcoming projects include scholarships for the local student at Indian Lake High School; sponsorship of two students to attend “Boys Camp” – this year Gabe Stanton from Indian Lake and Marek Articola from Wells will attend; collection of bottles and cans for fund raising and much more. The Annual Memorial Day Parade in Indian Lake with Post 1392 leading the “Flag” will be held May 30 at 1pm, please join us. Post 1392 reminds the community they have free to all citizens, Durable Medical Equipment available for anyone's use - crutches, wheel chairs, beds, walkers, etc. PLEASE spread the word so we may assist our community and save the cost of this type of equipment. Commander Ken Cannan and his crew of volunteers for the breakfast were Bob Harris, Marty Trometter, Natalie Stites, Larry Foy and Marti Evanoff.

Stewart's Award 2021 Grant to Post 1392

We are pleased to announce our American Legion Parker/Benton Post 1392 has once again received a generous "Holiday Match" program grant of $500 for this year's youth programs. These grants are support by Stewart's and by customers who support Stewart's, most likely this is YOU, the community member who supports the local store. Stewart's Holiday Match program has allocated more than $32 Million since 1986. We are pleased to have been a part of their generous commitment to the Indian Lake Community. Each year the Legion supports the youth in our community for programs in support of Flag Day, Fish and Derby Kids Program and the Youth Trapp Shooting Team, amongst other requested funds. We are proud of our youth and very pleased to receive these funds! For more information about this program go to:


Thank you all members of the Community of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael for their ongoing support of the "Bottle Return Program" for Post 1392. We no longer will receive recyclables at the Indian Lake Transfer Station. EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, please drop off bottles and cans for recycle at the American Legion Post 1392 (we are located next to the Indian Lake Medical Center). The recycle program supports our treasury to assist the community and our veterans for ongoing programs, without your donations we are unable to help. PLEASE CONTINUE to support our program. We apologize for any inconvenience, however, we appreciate all you do to support our programming. With thanks and care for the community! Post 1392 Veterans



                  Meetings: Monthly on the first Wednesday @ 4:00pm

WELCOME to the Parker-Benton Post 1392  POB 699   Indian Lake, NY. 12842  

The post was established on the 25th. of January 1946 with the fourteen

charter members shown below.


     It ws named after two local servicemen who were killed in action during WW II, Beecher Parker and Elmer Benton.

    Pfc. Beecher Parker was killed in Italy on 6 January, 1944 and was awarded the Silver Star for bravery in action, posthumously. His company was pinned down by heavy enemy fire, and he as part of a wire team, went out to string a communication line to the cammand post. The irony is that they succeeded uninjured. Then the line was knocked out and they went out again to repair it and that was when he was killed. His body was returned to the USA in 1949 and he was buried in Cedar River Cemetery.

   Elmer Benton was in the navy as a turret gunner on an LST and was killed in action on 28 April, 1944, he had just turned 18. He was on LST 531 which was involved in Operation Tiger, an amphibious training exercise off the southern coast of England, in preparation for D Day. German E boats attracted by the unusually high  radio activity homed in and found this large non-combatant force. The fast German boats quickly closed in to torpedo as many as they could, then scoot away. Three LSTs were lost, one was crippled badly, another exploded in flames and LST 531, sank in 6 minutes. Elmer was killed along with most hand on board, there were only a few survivors. In all, that day, 749 troops were lost which was the highest number of casualties ever lost in a training exercise during the entire war.  



Sunday, March 17, 2019 @ 2pm 100th Anniversary

Post 1392 will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2pm! The program is ****FREE**** to the public and will be held at the Indian Lake Theater, 13 West Main Street: Welcome and Introduction by Commander Ken Cannan Documentary Film: "The History of the American Legion Since 1919". 48 min. Slide show: Activities, programs and services to community by Post 1392, narrated by Frank Casazza Acting Adjutant Closing comments: Frank Casazza Complimentary Refreshments Hot and Cold Hor d'oeuvres prepared by our neighbor and friend Greg at Pig Deli We look forward to sharing our history with our community! Thank you! Post 1392 web site: Meetings: First Wednesday of every month at 4 PM Place: Legion Hall on Rt. 28 Next to Medical Center. Cans and Bottles at Land fill: Mondays and Fridays at 7 AM Commander: Ken Cannan - 518 648 5624 Acting Adjutant: Frank Casazza - 518 648 5263 Membership Officer: Marty Trometter - 518 648 6356

Congratulations Commander Ken

Commander Ken Cannan received a Quilt of Valor, which is made by members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, a national organization. The quilts they make are sent to veterans free of charge, in gratitude for their service. The web site for this is located at The mission statement is: The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

November 11 2018 Veteran's Day Remembrance

Post 1392 American Legion will have four teams of legion members visit the four cemeteries in our Hamlets to pay honor to our Veterans. Taps will be played at 11am on this most sacred date of 11/11/18. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. The armistice initially expired after a period of 36 days. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.[1] The date is a national holiday in France, and was declared a national holiday in many Allied nations. In some countries Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, and other public holidays. Armistice Day is not celebrated in Germany, but a German national day of mourning, Volkstrauertag, has been observed on the Sunday closest to 16 November since 1952. (Citation from Wiki)

Upcoming District IV Visit 9/18/18

The American Legion District IV will be holding a meeting at Post 1392 Indian Lake on September 18, 2018. The meeting will being at 12 noon sharp. District IV will be sharing updates on activities upcoming. All area legion members are welcome to attend! Bring a dessert and help set up for our guests starting at 10am in the morning! Commander Ken Cannan Post 1392

Meeting 1st Wed each Month

Please note effective April 2018, the Post 1392 Meets at 4pm the first Wednesday of the month. This is a permanent change. Please join us! Thank you.

Congratulations Frank Casazza!

Our own "Frank Casazza" was honored in THE SUN newspaper May 26, 2018 entitled "WW2 Navigator flies himself home to marry his love." Here is the intro... INDIAN LAKE | When Frank Casazza left for England on a troop transport ship on Jan. 8, 1945, his thoughts were mainly about coming home to his high school sweetheart, Fran. So melancholy was the mood on the troop transport ship that as it pulled away from the dock in Boston, not one of the hundreds of men on the deck spoke a word. “You could hear a pin drop,” Casazza said. “The only sound was that of the ship moving through the water.” Read more at....Go to this link for the full story....

Memorial Day May 28th, 2018

On Memorial Day, Monday May 28, starting at 9 AM there will be a short memorial prayer, and gun salute along with the presentation of a wreath at each of the four memorials in Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. The first, at 9:00 AM, will be by the memorial in front of the Methodist church on Rt 28 in Blue Mnt. Lake. Immediately after, the second will be at the memorial by the firehouse down the street, a short walk away. At about 9:30 the wreath ceremony will take place at the memorial in front of the American Legion Hall on Main Street in Indian Lake. The fourth will be at the new WWI Memorial Park on the corner in front of the IL Central School, again only a short distance. Here the dedication of the new park, where the monument was recently relocated, will take place, followed by placing of the wreath, gun salute, and closing prayer. The Hamilton County American Legion Memorial Day Parade will be in Indian Lake at 2PM. It will start at Bennett Rd. on the east side of town and proceed west down Main Street to the municipal parking lot by The American Legion Hall. All posts in the county are invited to participate along with their VFDs and the Indian Lake Ambulance Corps. All floats will be welcomed and there will be prizes of $100, $75,& $50 for first, second and third place respectively. Please: We would appreciate your passing this information along to all those you know. With your help, lets make this Memorial Day a huge success. Remember our Veterans! Thank you.

December 7th

Don’t let America forget Dec. 7 Dear American Legion Family and Friends, “December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy.” That famous proclamation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt still stands true today. But as 76th anniversary events take place this week in Pearl Harbor, there is a noticeable shift from the large-scale commemoration activities that occurred a year ago for the 75th remembrance services. This year, fewer media outlets will be in attendance. Fewer guests will be in Hawaii to honor those who defended democracy amid the surprise attack by the Japanese on that Sunday morning so long ago. And, sadly, there will be even fewer Pearl Harbor survivors than in the past. The number of survivors will continue to dwindle every year.​ But we cannot – we must not – let their heroism fade from the memories of Americans. It is our duty as patriotic citizens to educate future generations on what the Greatest Generation did, starting with repelling the attack on Pearl Harbor. After all, it’s embedded in the DNA of our organization, “To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars.” I am honored to be a part of the commemoration ceremonies this year at Pearl Harbor. For those who are unable to attend, the ceremonies will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and the website of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument’s website. A schedule, details and more information can be found here: Join me in honoring our commitment to “never forget” by honoring those heroes on Dec. 7. And be sure to engage your communities, your local schools and others in remembering and honoring the date that will indeed live in infamy. Family First. Denise H. Rohan




   The land on which the Post building now stands was sold to the Legion for $1.00 by the Indian Lake Central School District on the 8th. of April, 1957. This has been deeded and recorded. 

  Originally, the land was donated by the late Mr. Edward Brooks to the school for educational  purposes. However, the school board decided that they had no need for this land, but there was a need for a Legion hall and for a medical building. It was necessary to get the consent of Mr. Brooks daughter, Evelyn Kinner, since the use was for "educational purposes".  She consented and the land was divided, half  for the Legion Hall and the other for a medical building. Dr. Carroll, James Curry, and Joseph Benton were involved in the negotiations. Charles Carroll did the survey of the property.

   In 1958 construction was started and a building was erected by the voluntary work of members at that time. Unfortunately, in later years, the original foundation started to give way and if something was not done the integrity of the building would be threatened. 

   The building was lifted off the old foundation and moved to the side, allowing for a basement to be dug on the old site. A concrete foundation and full basement was put in and the building was returned to it's original site where it stands today. In the fall of 1996 the building was renovated, vinyl siding, a ramp for the handicaped, and other upgrades were installed.              

    The Legion selectively allows the building and facilities to be used for many different events in the community such as scout meetings, religious groups, family celebrations etc.