July 10th there was a tragic loss of life from 16 military members and 9 of those members lived here in our local communities. I am proud to announce that the Walden American Legion will be donating a portion of our proceeds from our 5k this September to those 9 families. No one is ever prepared to hear of a loved one passing and nothing will replace their lives or fill that void but hopefully we can help to ease their families financial burdens.

I am asking you all to please think of them and their families and partake in our 5k. It is September 30th at the Orange County Airport. You can come out and walk or run in this event and help to support our local communities heroes and their families. If you can't attend but would like to make a donation then please send checks to: 
Walden American Legion Post 158
P.O. Box 12 
Walden NY 12586. 
Make checks payable to Walden American Legion and put 5k in memo please.




Here is information about the 9 local servicemen:

A KC-130 carrying 16 U.S. servicemen crashed in Mississippi on its way to California on July 10. Nine of the Marines were stationed at the Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y. Seven of the 16 killed were based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, including one Navy sailor.

"On behalf of the Marine Corps Reserve, I extend my deepest sympathies to the loved ones of those who perished in last night's tragedy. The Marines and Sailor involved in this incident were among our finest. They dedicated their lives to our core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. They will never be forgotten." Lt. Gen. Rex C. McMillian


Caine M. Goyette

Rank: Major

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Waterford, N.Y.

Military Occupational Specialty: KC-130 Aircraft Commander





Sean E. Elliott

Rank: Captain

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Orange, Calif.

Military Occupational Specialty: KC-130 Aircraft Commander





Mark A. Hopkins

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.

Military Occupational Specialty: Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist

*Note: Hopkins lived in New Windsor





Brendan C. Johnson

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Chittenden, Vt.

Military Occupational Specialty: Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130





Joshua M. Snowden

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Military Occupational Specialty: Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130






Julian M. Kevianne

Rank: Sergeant

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Dallas, Texas 

Military Occupational Specialty: Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130





Owen J. Lennon

Rank: Sergeant

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Rockland, N.Y.

Military Occupational Specialty: Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130





Daniel I. Baldassare

Rank: Corporal

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, NY

Hometown: Monmouth, New Jersey 

Military Occupational Specialty: Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130






Collin J. Schaaff

Rank: Corporal

Duty Station: Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh

Hometown: Pierce, Wash.

Military Occupational Specialty: Aircraft Ordnance Technician