Who were Ferris & Goodridge?




Ferris Goodridge Post 330 was named in honor of Edward Ferris of the 27th Army Division and Leo Goodridge of the 78th Army Division. Both men were natives of the Town of Ogden , and both were killed in action in World War I.

Pvt. Edward L. Ferris entered the service on May 21, 1917. He was assigned to the 108th Regiment, Infantry Machine Gun Company. He was killed in action near St. Souplet, France on October 17, 1918. He is buried in St. John's Cemetery in Spencerport, NY

Pvt. Leo Goodridge entered the service on September 7, 1917. He was assigned to Battery D, 309th Heavy Artillery, 78th Division as a cannoneer. He was seriously wounded by shrapnel on September 30, 1918 near Norray, France. He was moved to a French hospital where he died on October 19, 1918. He is buried in Creekside Cemetery in Churchville, NY.

Ironically, both men died within two days of each other.

The charter for Ferris Goodridge Post 330 is one of the original American Legion charters. It was signed on August 27, 1919. Post 330 began with twenty members with  Ray Austin becoming Ferris Goodridge's first commander.

Missing Man Table

Set for one, the empty chair represents Americans who were or are missing from all the services – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard – and civilians, all with us in spirit. 
 
The table is round – to show our everlasting concern.

The cloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve. 

The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans….and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers. 

The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them. 

A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land. 

A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families – who long for answers after decades of uncertainty. 

The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return – alive or dead. 

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain us and those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. 

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share a toast. 

The chairs are empty – they are missing…………….. (moment of silence) 

Let us now raise our glasses in a toast to honor America’s POW/MIAs, to the success of our efforts to account for them, and to the safety of all now serving our nation!

OUR STANDARDS
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

WHY CHOOSE US
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

WHO WE ARE
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.