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In Memoriam – Joseph Pisano

The Chapter is deeply sorrowed to announce the passing of Chapter Member, WWII veteran and dear friend, Joseph Pisano. Joe passed away yesterday morning, November 27, 2017.

Joseph Pisano

Joe was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Queens, NY. He was inducted into the Army a year after Pearl Harbor. He volunteered to be a paratrooper after basic training at Fort Jackson, but was instead assigned to glider training. Joe was deployed in October 1943 to England to begin preparations for D-Day. Joe was in the F Company, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, was assigned to make an amphibious landing on D-Day, and landed on Utah Beach. Joe served from 1942 to 1946 and also participated in operation Market Garden, and in the defense of Bastogne, where he witnessed the futile attempt of the Germans to force McAuliffe’s surrender.

Joe participated in an interview with the West Point Oral History Department during the Bastogne Banquet Weekend in December of 2016. If you are interested in viewing the video in which he shares the story of his service, please click here.

Viewing and Burial Information

Thursday, November 30th
from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm
at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home
132 Ronkonkoma Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
View Funeral Home Information

Prayer Service and Burial:
Friday, December 1st at 9:00am
Prayer Service at Moloney’s Lake Funeral Home

Followed by Immediate Burial
at Calverton National Cemetery
210 Princeton Boulevard
Calverton, NY 11933

The Chapter sends its deepest sympathies to Joe’s family. He will be sorely missed.


You’re Invited!

Official Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2016 Invitation

Screaming Eagles, family and friends, please see the below official Bastogne Banquet Weekend invitation. ALL ARE WELCOME to this annual event.

Please be sure to make hotel reservations at the Thayer Hotel by the 7th of November to ensure the group rate for the A101! We hope to see you all at the Saturday evening banquet dinner and memorial candle lighting ceremony.

Please continue scrolling down the page or CLICK HERE to see the full post regarding the Bastogne Banquet Weekend Schedule of Events, West Point Area Activities and more. All the information you need is there!

If you still have any questions after reading the full event post, please feel free to reach out via
e-mail to our chapter email address 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com. We are here to help, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

invite_forwebsite_front_110116Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2016 Invitation

Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2015

The 2015 Bastogne Banquet Weekend
Celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
Will Be Held
Thursday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 6th

Bastogne Dinner 2014

Bastogne Dinner 2014


Please join the Anthony C. McAuliffe NY-NJ Chapter of the 101st Airborne Association for our Annual Bastogne Banquet Weekend 2015!

We are happy to announce that a group of veterans from Birmingham, England are anticipated to attend, with service ranging from WWII to the Suez service and the Falklands War.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, December 3rd
1:00 pm      Hospitality Room Opens (Eisenhower Room)
Midnight     Hospitality Room Closes

Friday, December 4th
12:00 pm      Hospitality Room Opens
5:00 pm        Raffles & Camaraderie in the Hospitality Room
Midnight       Hospitality Room Closes

Saturday, December 5th
12:00 pm        Hospitality Room Opens
4:00 pm          Hospitality Room Closed while Attendees Dress for Dinner
5:00 pm          Pre-Banquet Cocktail Hour & Hors d’Oeuvres in the Hospitality Room
6:15 pm          Bastogne Banquet & Candle Lighting Ceremony, Followed by Dancing
After Dinner   Rifle Raffle in the Hospitality Room
Midnight         Hospitality Room Closes

Sunday, December 6th – Breakfast Available for Purchase at Hotel
7:00 am – 10:30 am      Breakfast Buffet in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Lobby Level, at your own expense)
10:30 am – 2:30 pm      Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch Served in MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant $36.95 per person, Reservation Suggested, 845-446-4731, Ext. 7929 View Menu

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Banquet Fee: $65 Adults (Includes Hospitality Room fo the Full Weekend) Please RSVP with an approximate number of people in your party by calling Jim Agins or sending an e-mail to 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com

Hotel Reservations
The Thayer Hotel has a block of rooms available for the 101st Guests. To reserve a room, call the Thayer BEFORE NOVEMBER 7! 1-(800)-247-5047 or (845)-446-4731.

Bastogne Banquet 2014

Bastogne Banquet 2014

West Point Area Activities

West Point Visitor Center & Museum
Open Monday – Sunday 10:30 am – 4:15 pm
View Museum Website

West Point Guided Tour
(845) 446-4724
One Hour Tour
Stops at: Cadet Chapel, Trophy Point, Battle Monument & The Plain
Walking Time (Off Bus): 30 mins
Adults: $14 , Children (2-11): $11
Friday – 10:30am ; 11:45am ; 1:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11:00am ; 12:15pm ; 1:30pm ; 2:45pm

Brotherhood Winery (Tours, Tastings, Cafe, Mansion, Art Space)
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY 10992
(845) 496-9001
Saturday Brunch 12:00pm – 4:00pm – Reservation Required
Sunday Brunch 12:00pm – 4:00pm with live music – Reservation Required
Friday & Sunday Prime Rib Special $14.95 – Reservation Required
Visit Website

Benmarl Winery Tastings
156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542
Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Sat & Sun: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tastings $8 Per Person (Six Wines); Additional $2 to Keep Your Glass
Visit Website

Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Thayer Hotel – For Purchase
MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant (Located on Lobby Level)
$36.95 Per Person, Served From 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
View Menu

A West Point Holiday Concert – USMA Band
1:30 pm – Sunday, December 6th
Ike Hall Theatre, West Point
View USMA Band Website

57th Annual Handel’s Messiah Concert – Featuring the Cadet Chapel Choir
3:30 pm – Sunday, December 6th
Cadet Chapel, West Point
FREE – Arrive Early for Convenient Parking and a Good Seat
View Cadet Chapel Schedule

Bear Mountain Ice Rink – Weather Permitting
Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986
(845) 786-2701 x266
Friday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Sat & Sun 10:00 am – 11:30 am; 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm; 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm; 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (NO 8 pm on Sundays)
Adults (12+): $5.00; Children (4 – 11): $4.00; Skate Rental: $4.00
View Website

Bear Mountain Zoo
55 Hessian Drive, Highlands Falls, NY 10928
(845) 786-2701
Open 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Daily
$8 parking; $1 Admission
View Website

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Call in Advance for Group Tours
374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300)
Town of New Windsor, NY
(845) 561-1765
View Website

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
View Website

Bastogne Dinner 2014

Bastogne Dinner 2014

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail 101stairbornenynjchapter@gmail.com