2024 June Newsletter



American Legion

Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291

Legion Year 24 – 25 Newsletter No. 1



June 2024


Dear Legionnaires 親愛的會友:

The message from American Legion National Commander Daniel Seehafer at the April commander testimonial dinner is still resonating. In a heartfelt plea, Commander Seehafer urged those present to focus on the core mission of the American Legion: preventing veteran suicide. “When it comes to serving veterans and their families,” Commander said, “it’s personal.” He emphasized the importance of asking the question why are we here? Why are veterans, who have served their country bravely, struggling so much? “We all have a purpose,” he declared, “and I guarantee you, if you’re here tonight, you have a reason to be here. That reason is to change lives, to save lives.” He said that the American Legion, while known for fostering camaraderie among veterans, has a far more critical mission. “We are not a social club,” he stated, “we like to have fun, we enjoy each other’s company, but that’s not why we exist. Our mission is to save lives.”

Members of the Kimlau Post extend their warmest congratulations to Past Commander Antonio Chuy.  He was elected to the esteemed position of President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA). His unwavering commitment to service, both in the military and within the community, serves as a true inspiration. Past Commander Chuy’s distinguished services with Lt. B. R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 exemplifies his dedication to veterans and the Chinese American community. There’s no doubt that his exemplary leadership as a past commander played a significant role in his successful election to the CCBA presidency.

Once again our Post teamed up with the New York City Old Guards in sponsoring 35 Fort Hamilton High School students who are economically disadvantaged and enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadet (JROTC) program to attend summer camp at the New York Military Academy. Vice Commander Kenneth Wong and Wilem Wong, presented checks to retired MAJ Sang Lee, US Army, to the Fort Hamilton HS JROTC for their 2024’s Leadership Summer Camp.

Memorial Day holds a profound significance for all Americans. It’s a day not just for celebration, but for solemn reflection on the sacrifices made by our nation’s fallen warriors. Veterans and civilians alike are reminded of the immense cost of freedom, a debt of immense gratitude we owe to those who gave their all.

This year, Kimlau Post participated in two meaningful ceremonies. In the morning, members of the Post led by Commander Ong joined the community at the Uptown Soldiers and Sailors Monument for the annual Memorial Day observance. This solemn event included the laying of wreaths by veterans’ organizations, active duty personnel, reserves, and cadets. In the afternoon, the Kimlau Post took center stage in Chinatown’s Memorial Day Parade through Mott Street to Kimlau Square in a rainy day. We extend our sincerest appreciation to all who participated, including Legionnaires, Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, elected officials, and community leaders. New York State Assembly Member Lester Chang, New York City Council Member Christopher Marte, NYPD 5th Precinct Deputy Inspector Tao Chen, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Deputy Director General Lishan Chang, and newly elected CCBA President, Past Commander Antonio Chuy, all delivered powerful speeches. They all highlighted the enormous sacrifices and contributions of Chinese American veterans to our nation’s security. Importantly, they also shed light on the ongoing struggles these veterans face due to anti-Asian hate crimes. This, they emphasized, must change. Memorial Day serves as a powerful reminder: freedom is not free.

The Lt. Kimlau Post kicked off its 2024-2025 year with a momentous officer installation ceremony on June 1st, 2024. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the incoming officers for a promising year ahead! The ceremony, held at the Post Chairman Peter Woo Auditorium, marked a successful transition in leadership. We were delighted to witness a significant increase in participation from both community members and Post members who joined the celebratory banquet. Due to capacity limitations at Chinatown restaurants, the installation banquet was split across two days to accommodate everyone comfortably. The banquet at the House of Joy Restaurant was attended by distinguished guests, including Taipei Economic and Cultural Office Deputy Director General Lishan Chang, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association President Antonio Chuy, and various community leaders and Legionnaires from the Bronx and New York County. We extend our sincere gratitude to all the VIPs and guests for their participation.

A special thank you goes to Judge Advocate, retired Appellate Court Presiding Judge, Hon. Randall Eng for his role as Installation Officer, leading the ceremony for our Kimlau Officers. Commander Thomas Ong was installed for the second term.  In his acceptance speech, Commander Ong emphasized his commitment to continue his program in the first term and upholding the American Legion’s core values. He pledged to continue the Post’s long standing traditions. SAL Commander David Eng also addressed the audience, expressing gratitude for the support of his fellow members. He reaffirmed their commitment to actively supporting all Legion programs. We extend our warmest congratulations to all the newly installed officers! We wish them a successful and impactful year serving the Lt. Kimlau Post and the community.







本會新一屆的職員已在六月一日在本會伍覺良董事長禮堂就職,我們哀心感謝大家的支持及信賴。在此祝全體職員勝任愉快及成功新的一年。就職晚宴在華埠喜運來酒樓,像去年一樣,今年分設兩日在華埠喜運來酒樓舉行。參加就職典禮嘉賓眾多,包括台北經濟文化辦事處張麗賢公使,中華公所主席朱超然本會前任主席。特別感謝曾任紐約州上訴高等法院的伍元天前任主席主持新一屆職員就職典禮。連任鄧燦業主席諾以退伍軍人會宗旨繼續推進會務,並發揚前人所建立的優良傳統。子弟部李國華主席在致辭中感謝會員支持,並將成為所有退伍軍人會服務計劃的熱心支持者。 祝賀全體職員勝任愉快及成功的新的一年。


2024 Scholarship 二零二四年獎學金

Applications for the 2024 Post Scholarship and the Robert S. Wong Chinese Study Scholarship are being accepted through August 31, 2024.  For details concerning qualifications and requirements, please refer to previous newsletters or contact Post Headquarters. Application Forms can be obtained at Post Headquarters during office hours (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily, except Tuesday) or downloaded directly from our website at www.ltkimlau.com. Anyone who wishes to apply should contact our Post for more information.



Legion Year 2024 – 2025 Officers 本年度職員


Position 職位

Name(s) 職員

Commander 主席

Thomas Ong 鄧燦業

Vice Commander 副主席

Kenneth Wong 黃建中, Hon Pun Chan陳漢斌, Wilem Wong黃伯聰

Adjutant 幹事

Gabe B. Mui 梅本立

Ass’t Adjutant 助理幹事

Howard Chin陳煥寧

Chinese Secretary 中文書記

Ping Wing Chu 朱炳榮

Treasurer 財政

Wan Y. Tam譚煥瑜

Judge Advocate 評議

Randall Eng 伍元天

Historian 會歷

Mimi Wang 王咪咪

Sgt. at Arms 糾察

Jonathan Klingenberg, De Zhi Yu余德志

Auditor 核數

Don Yee 余超俊, Bo Chen 陳 波

Post Chaplain 宗教主任

Philip Eng 伍沃欽

Executive Committee 執行委員

Albert Eng 伍澄江, Sean Tse 謝國寶, Yeuk Chung Moy 梅若松, Jia  M. Wu 伍家明, Jimmy Quan 關志文, Arvin Chin 陳毓堂, David Yee余龍青, Pakee Fang方柏基, William Cheung張華南, Joe Law羅明泰, Johnny Kung龔耀宗

First CAVMBC Membership Meeting for LY2024-2025

Sunday June 30, 2024, 1pm at Post Auditorium

For members joined on January 17, 2004 and prior / members has been approved for CAVMBC membership only



會員必需在一月十七日, 二零零四年前加入本會或已經獲實業公司董事局批准入會才能參加會議


First Post General Membership Meeting for LY2024-2025

Sunday June 30 2024, 3pm at Post Auditorium

For all members, please come and see what’s going on, we need your involvement





We hope the above information will be of interest to you and we hope to hear from you soon.  Let us know what we can do for you.  Until we meet again, stay well!




THE STAFF   本會行政小組仝人敬啟

Thomas Ong鄧燦業

Kenneth Wong黃建中, Hon Pun Chan陳漢斌, Wilem Wong黃伯聰

Gabe B. Mui 梅本立, Howard Chin 陳煥寧

Ping Wing Chu朱炳榮, Wan Y. Tam 譚煥瑜