American Legion Jesse Clipper Post # 430 Hosts 99th Anniversary Awards Banquet

A Message From Commander Dr. Paulette Woods

The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post # 430 is celebrating its 99th Anniversary with a Celebratory Awards Dinner at 6:30pm on Saturday, September 22 at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Award recipients are; Western New York Heroes, Sam Feaster Administer, Buffalo VA Medical Center and Debbera Ransom, Commander Johnnetta R. Cole AMVETS Post # 24.

The guest speaker is Barbara Miller- Williams, Erie County Legislator and Army Veteran. Tickets are $50 and include a three-course dinner and live music. For tickets call 986-1025. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The Jesse Clipper American Legion Post 430 was founded on September 16, 1919 by 15 African American World War I veterans to honor the service of United States Army Corporal Jesse Clipper.

Our post namesake is a significant part of Buffalo New York’s history. Before being drafted into the army Jesse Clipper was an Entertainer and performer in an African-American Vaudeville group and Vice president of the Colored Musicians Local 533 in 1917. Corporal Jesse Clipper served in the 317th engineers Corps during World War 1 on the front lines in France and was the first African American Soldier from Buffalo to die in the war.

-A Message From Commander Woods-

The Jesse Clipper post has a proud history of service to the Buffalo community. It has sponsored scholarships, parades, basketball teams and Flag Day events to inspire Americanism in our youth. Members can be found volunteering at the Veterans hospital, at the Freedom Lounge, at High Point Hospices , working with Homeless veterans, performing Honor Guard Services, and speaking and volunteering at over 50 organizations.

The Jesse Clipper American Legion Post#430 has taken a leadership role in this community for 99 years. Legionnaires from this post continue to hold critical leadership positions in Buffalo and Western New York. However Legionnaires be aware: The state of our democracy is at a crossroads of whether we will be guided by fear versus inclusiveness. We are at a critical time in America. The country we love and fought for faces its greatest challenge since President Lincoln questioned: “Whether a nation founded on the principles that All men are created equal, can long endure?”

Veterans Black, White, Hispanic Muslim, immigrants of all colors and creeds, – have fought to defend America and American principles in 12 Wars. We must unite this nation again, to stand against hatred and Nazis and KKK men marching in our streets. Leadership must once again come from our veterans! As the Jesse Clipper Post #430 approaches its 100 year anniversary, it and all veterans must pick up the mantle of leadership in our communities to honor Americanism, to educate our youth Unity and love must be our mantra and as veterans we must take leadership if this nation is to endure!