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Welcome to the John H. Collins Post # 24 website

Our Post is now located at Veterans Memorial Building at the corner of Atwater and Seymour Avenues in Derby, Connecticut.... The Post is the oldest Veterans Organization in Derby and has been a leader in Veterans Affairs not only in our town, but the Naugatuck Valley as well....

The Post was formed and chartered in 1919 and was named after John H. Collins, a hometown lad who was the first Derby fatal casualty of World War One....

The Post originally occupied the building at the corner of Atwater and Seymour Avenues which is now the Veterans Memorial.... The Post moved to a location at 230 Caroline Street in 1956....

The Post was the birthplace of the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps.... The Hurricanes started out as a parade unit and graduated to field competition.... They have won National recognition and are one of the premier corps on the Drum Corps scene....

Today, the John H. Collins Post #24 leads the way in promoting American Legion programs in the Naugatuck Valley.... We sponsor a team in Legion Baseball, we send our young men and women to Boys State and Girls State to learn the political process of our government and we provide outstanding service to today's returning veterans through our Veterans Service Office in the Derby City Hall which we man jointly with the Veterans of Foreign Wars....

All of these programs require one very important element.... Volunteers.... We have a membership comprised of veterans from WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.... These men and women give of their time, talents and treasure to assist their comrades in arms....

Why not join us and put your knowledge to work.... Look for more information on how you can join the American Legion on the membership page....


Next Meeting

 Our Next meeting will be June 13, 2019 at the Veterans Memorial Building, Atwater and Seymour Avenue, Derby, at 11:00 a.m.

The evening meetings have been cancelled due to lack of participation.


Centennial Monument installation

The Post 24 Centennial Monument has been Installed at the Veteran's Community Building at Atwater and Seymour Avenue. Further celebrations are being planned for Saturday July, 27, 2018. More information will be available in the future. See events for pictures.


Irving School is having their Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday May 24, 2019 at 09:30 a.m. All Veterans are invited to attend.

St. Mary / St. Michael School is having their Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday May 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. All Veterans are invited to attend.

Why not try your hand at recruiting a new member..... Surely you must know some prospective Veterans !!!!

Make sure you check this page often for news about the Post and its' activities....

The Memorial Day Parade Committee is having their Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday May 26, 2019 at the Shelton Intermediate School at 7:30 p.m.


Retirees and Vets Allowed to Salute Flag

Traditionally, members of the nationís veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organizationís official head-gear. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed service-members, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag. A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans.

Veterns and active-duty service-members not in uniform can now render the hand salute during the playing of our national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month. The legislative change was sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-OK, an Army veteran, and included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009.

The new provision improves upon a little-known change in federal law last year (2008) that authorized veterans to render the hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag. However, it did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last yearís provision also applied to members of the armed forces while not in uniform.


In Memory of ......

In memory of our fellow Legionaire Bernie Williamson, friend and mentor who loved his family, country and community.

He will be missed by all .......



Flag Distribution

Beginning Wednesday May 22, 2019, veterans and non-veterans will honor fallen veterans in Derby cemeteries by placing flags on their graves for Memorial Day. We will meet at Oak Cliff Cemetery on Hawthorne Avenue at approximately 9:00 a.m. When complete, we will proceed to the St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Greek Cemetery on Chatfield Street, St. Michael s Cemetery on Silver Hill Road and finally Mt. St. Peter Cemetery on New Haven Avenue, RT 34. Hopefully, we can complete our task on Wednesday. If not, we can continue on Thursday / Friday if necessary.

Atwater & Seymour Avenues  •  Derby, CT 06418
phone: 203-735-3840

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