Members of Henry P. Smith Post, American Legion Auxiliary, can proudly note that one of their own has achieved an important post in their national organization.
Mary Anne Casadei of Rome, life member of Smith American Legion Auxiliary, has been elected as national chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary at its national convention held in Indianapolis. A national post is a significant honor.
It's no easy task. The American Legion Auxiliary helps advance the mission of the American Legion, assisting to support veterans, military members and their families. It was founded in 1919. Casadei, a member since birth, is eligible for membership through her father Frank L. Smith Sr., who served in the Navy during World War II and was at the Invasion of Normandy, Omaha Beach. Her husband Ronald Casadei served in the Army, 1st Cavalry as a med-evacuation pilot during the Vietnam War.
As described in a Daily Sentinel story announcing the appointment, Casadei will be responsible for preparing articles for the ALA national magazine Auxiliary and other publications. She will also prepare a prayer book compiled of devotionals used though out the nation by department chaplains. She will participate in the National Memorial Service held at the 2020 National Convention in Kentucky. Casadei has served her Department of New York as Department President 2001-02. During her term, she chose the Parkinson’s Alliance as her Department President’s Project to honor her mother Alvera Smith, raising $104,000.
Good luck to the new appointee. Smith Post and the rest of the city salute her.