On April 14, 2007, at 11:11 a.m., the American Legion lowered the American Flag for the final time. After 50 years, the Post sold its home which will be demolished and replaced by two houses. The Post Commander Michael Cahill vows to continue the Post.

American Legion Closes “The Hut”

About fifty-three or so years ago, the members of James B. Scarr Post 106, American Legion took possession of the property known as 106 Terrace Avenue. This was the culmination of 24 years of trying to obtain a permanent home for the Post.

The property we bought had been, for many years, the home of Mr. & Mrs. A .E. Browne. Mr. Browne has been a Founder and a Commander of Post 106 and, in the early 1940’s, the Mayor of Hasbrouck Heights for two terms.

In the next few years the building was converted into meeting rooms and the basement converted to a recreation room. All this was enjoyed fully for many years and the James B. Scarr Post held many a party and ceremony in the “Hut,” as it was referred to by many of the Old-timers.

We are sure many people in town can remember the hot dogs and soda, coffee and cake after the Memorial Day ceremonies and the most welcome coffee and buns after Veterans Day ceremonies in November. It was our pleasure to celebrate those occasions with the town.
Unfortunately, present day conditions have made it necessary for the Post to sell that hard-earned property. To that purpose we have entered into a contract with an interested party.

However, the James B. Scarr Post 106, American Legion is not disappearing into the sunset nor is it disbanding. We intend to continue serving the community, sending young men to Boys State, supporting those veterans confined to nursing homes and hospitals, and, in general, continuing with those programs and activities that we have had over the years.

Thanks to the generosity of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights, we will be meeting in Borough Hall on the first Monday of each month at 8:00 p.m. Exception would be a month in which a holiday falls on that weekend. Veterans of all wartime periods are invited to join and help in the struggle to maintain and to better the rights given to us in recognition of our time spent in the various services.

For information contact Bob Burns at 201-288-4028 or Mike Cahill at 201-288-1026. We look forward to hearing from you.Story by Michael J. Cahill, Commander ###

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