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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....


Flag Retirement Cermoney

  A Flag Retirement ceremony will be held on Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Derby Public Works Complex, Coon Hollow Road, Derby, CT. All members are invited to attend and/or participate.

Department of Connecticut Nixes Post Minutes on Internet

In an email sent from the Department of Connecticut Adjutant's Office, it was noted that our Post is in violation of "Rules of Order" by posting the minutes of the monthly meetings on the Post website....

Rather than make an issue of it all, we opted to take the minutes off the Post website....

Therefore, if any member wants a copy of the Meeting Minutes of this Post, he can email the Post Adjutant and a copy will be emailed to you....

Post Adjutant email address -

Personally, we thought that it was a good idea(posting the minutes)in that it kept those who did not make a meeting in the "loop"....


Installation of Officers

Installation of Officers were performed on Friday September 28, 2018. See EVENTS for pictures.

Centennial Monument installation

The Post 24 Centennial Monument has been Installed at the Veteran's Community Building at Atwater and Seymour Avenue. Further celebration will be scheduled in the future. See events for pictures.

St. Mary / St. Michael School Awards

Two students from St. Mary / St. Michael Elementary school were given a $100.00 award for the highest academic grade for a male and female for the 2018 school year. They were: Joseph Wasfi and Emilia Wypasek. Congradulations…..


Derby High School 2018 Scholarship Awards

Three awards were given to Derby High School students for the annual John H. Collins Post 24 Memorial Awards. The awards were in memory of Joseph R. Soda, Edward Tingley and John Lonardo. Recipients were, Shennella Terullien, Jake Ferguson and Isaiah Walker. Gook luck to our future leaders..

More News

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....

Next Meeting

Our Next meeting will be October 11, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial Building, Atwater and Seymour Avenue, Derby, at 11:00 a.m.


Retirees and Vets Allowed to Salute Flag

Traditionally, members of the nation’s veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organization’s 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 year’s provision also applied to members of the armed forces while not in uniform.


Centennial Celebration

The Place: Aqua Turf in Southington The Date: November 10th 2018 The Time: 6pm – 11 pm It is time to get the Party Started

Live Music

The cost will be $25.00 pp $50 per couple

Price includes: a full Night of Food, Dancing and some good old Fashion Fun. Social Hour: Will be at 6pm with Hot and Cold Hors D'oeuvre

Dinner will be Family Style: Salad, pasta with meat sauce, vegetable, potato, Roast Beef, Chicken ala Kathryn, dessert, rolls and butter, coffee service and soda on the tables. Cash Bar!!! AN EVENING WITH FINE FOOD, DANCING AND GREAT FRIENDS There will be a silent auction with lots of great items to bid on. This is going to be a Dress-up affair so put on your fancy duds and come out and enjoy a great evening.

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

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