Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176

              Monroe, Connecticut                

Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176
The American Legion

Members, please send news or photos for inclusion
on the website to Commander, Vic Yanosy, for approval. 


Post 176 Meetings are held the second Thursday
of every month at 7:00 pm at

The Monroe Senior Center at 235 Cutler's Farm Road

This year's meetings are as follows:

Annual Picnic on September 5
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 21 ~ 3rd District Meeting
November 12, 2015
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 Thursday, December 10, 2015
"Night Before Christmas" Holiday Party

Click Here for the Flyer
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January 14, 2016
February 11, 2016
March 10, 2016
April 14, 2016
May 12, 2016

June ~ End of Year Party ~ Thursday June 9, 2016
Click HERE for the Flyer w/ Details

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Don't forget the 2016 Memorial Day Parade!

The parade will be on Sunday, May 29 at 2 P.M.
Starting at the intersection of Rte 111 and Elm Street
and ending at the Monroe Town Green.
Check the Monroe Courier or Eye on for info.

Past Memorial Day Parade Photos?
Click on the Photo Gallery Page :-)


Commemorative Brick Project
Although the project was started many years ago, we are still taking orders.
You can download an order form by clicking


Send suggestions to webmaster via "contact us" page.

Check out the pictures of the Veterans' Day Ceremonies
at the Stepney Green at 11 A.M. on the 11th Day of the 11th Month.
(Formerly called Armistice Day from World War I)
We are fortunate to have our Canadian Brothers in Arms
join us each year.  Their detachment is stationed in Stratford
while Sikorsky builds helicopters for Canada.
Veterans' Day is called Remembrance Day in Canada.
Click on Veteran's Day in the left sidebar for the photos.

Past Memorial Day Parade Photos?
Click on the Photo Gallery Page :-)


Scroll Down the Page to See How You Can
Support the Military Coupons Program


Post 176 members take part in replacing worn and tattered flags
at our Monroe cemeteries before Memorial Day every year.
This year we will meet at St. John's Cemetery
on May 21st at 10 AM to start our rounds to the gravesites. 
There are previous years' photos on the Photo Gallery Webpage.



The American Legion

Post 176
Candy Fundraiser



The 2016 Candy Fundraiser 

Thursday, May 19 Noon - 6 pm Peoples Bank Main Street
Friday, May 20 Noon - 6 pm Peoples Bank Rte 111
Saturday, May 21 9 am - 5 pm Stop and Shop Rte 111
Sunday, May 22 9 am - 5 pm Stop and Shop Rte 111

Please put these dates in your calendar and
sign up to help with our major yearly fundraiser.
Sign-up sheets will be available at our March 10 and
April 14 meetings.  If you can't make those meetings
but would like to help out, call or email Dan Kirk.

Our Candy Fundraiser Chairman is Dan Kirk.  
Reserve some time to help out.
Call Dan at 268-8635 or email: 

Our 2015 candy sale was very successful.  
Thanks to everyone who helped out in some way.  
Check out the pictures below.

 Some Previous Candy Sale Photos


 These are some of the people who helped with our fundraiser. Unfortunately
 I was unable to get pictures of everyone who helped.  If you helped but aren't
in the pictures, we truly appreciate your help with this major project.  Thanks!

Past Dates of Interest:

To see a larger view of the plaque that was presented
to Post 176 on Veterans' Day 2009 by the Canadian
Air Force Detachment at Sikorsky Aircraft,
go to the News and Events page.

Flag Retirement Ceremony
pictures are in
Photo Gallery Part 3.


 Find out the origin of the 21-gun salute and other military facts.
Click the link below for this topic and information about our flag.
 Click on the link below to visit Cyber Sarge's main website.




A "Forward" from
Stan Kaplin
with extra research by
Jan Larsen

Click on the links below the story
for more information and some
varied versions of Kilroy history
and timelines.


In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program,
“Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the REAL
Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could
prove himself to be the genuine article.

Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James
Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts had evidence of his identity.

Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war. He worked
as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy. His job was to go
around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on
piecework and got paid by the rivet.

Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-
waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice. When
Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.

Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the
rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was
upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to
investigate. It was then that he realized what had been going on.

The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend
themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided
to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his checkmark on
each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE in king-sized
letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the
chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part
of the Kilroy message. Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying
to wipe away his marks.

Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint.  With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so
fast that there wa sn’t time to paint them.

As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message
apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and
spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before the war’s end,
“Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long haul to Berlin and Tokyo.

To the unfortunate troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a
complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that some jerk named
Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. servicemen began
placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already
there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always “already been”
wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the
most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest,
the Statue of Liberty, the underside of the Arch De Triumphe, and
even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)

And as the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams
routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to
map the terrain for the coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus,
presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however,
they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo! In
1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosvelt,
Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference.

The first person inside was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide
(in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?” …

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along
officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the
trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas
gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy front yard in


For more Kilroy information click on these URLs.



A depiction of Kilroy on a piece of the Berlin Wall in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Engraving of Kilroy on the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.



Preamble to the Constitution of
The American Legion

For God and Country
We Associate Ourselves
Together for the
Following Purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;

To maintain law and order;

To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;

To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars;

To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;

To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;

To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good-will on earth;

To safeguard and transmit to prosperity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;

To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


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Correspondence to:
Sippin-Winspur Post No. 176
C/O Edward Ryan, Jr.
495 Elm Street
Monroe, CT 06468

Web issues to:
Jan Larsen

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