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American Legion Post 56
Thank you to all
that participated in Veteran’s Day programs whether at the schools,
Court House or the Legion. Thanks
again to our speakers of Col. Kip Gore and Retired Major Ron
Gabrielson as their messages were of great interest and benefit to the
veterans and the public. Another
thank you goes to Bayview Funeral Home and ING Financial for helping
sponsor “The Great Pretenders” on November 12th as
everyone had a great time.
brings us closer to the end of the calendar year but a time to
remember the celebration of the Christian message of Christmas.
Also, December 7th is National Pear Harbor Remember
Day and the signing of the Bill of Rights on December 15th.
Another important date locally is Thursday December 15 to help
ring the bell for the Salvation Army at Nelson’s
from 10am until 8pm. Sign
up at the club.
what do you have to say about signing up a new member?
Let’s get it done soon as our numbers are far behind last
year. I know you can help
us if you ask. I thank
’s Sesquicentennial celebration and each month has a theme.
Well military as been given January so we get to kick things
off. If you know something
that might help or work let me know but here is what we have so far.
Saturday January 7th is an open house at the Armory,
January 14th is a display and recruiters at Northbridge
Mall and January 28th is a display and appraisals of
military paraphernalia at American Legion Club.
This is a brief summary.
Mulso, 1st Vice
have been several men named Elmer Peterson who have lived in Albert Lea.
And one of these men, Elmer R. Peterson, served as the 11th
commander of Post 56 in 1928-1929. He
was born in 1893 in
and grew up in
. Peterson served in the U.S.
Navy during World War I, attended
and graduated from
in 1923. He served as both
city and county attorney and had a private law practice.
He had also been a member of the Board of Governors of the
Minnesota State Bar Association, a member of the Naeve Hospital Board of
Trustees and belonged to the 40 & 8.
Elmer R. Peterson died on October 18, 1978 and is buried in
doctors have been commanders of Post 56, and the first was named Wilfred
P. Freligh. He was the
post’s 12 commander and served 1929-30.
He was born in 1887 in
and received his medical degree from
World War I Dr. Freligh was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps
with the American Expeditionary Forces for eight
to coming to
in 1922, this doctor was associated with the Mayo Clinic in
and also practiced medicine in
For a short time Dr. Freligh was a surgeon and very active with county,
state and national medical groups. He
was also involved with
, the Chamber of Commerce, Elks, Country Club and YMCA.
The doctor died on February 28, 1954.
it’s nearly Christmas so hurry in and book your Christmas parties.
This month Laurie will be with us every Friday as always with a
special night here at the Legion on New Years Eve.
And of course on New Years we will have a very special menu, so
come in for a fantastic dinner. A
few other things to mention, on December 11th the Albert
Lea Tiger Sharks will be hosting Dad’s Belgian Waffles here from 8am
to 1pm. Also on Saturday
December 17th we will be hosting Tom and Max for some great
music and a bite to eat. Remember
December dates are filling up fast so hurry in to book your Christmas
and Beverage Manager
December 3rd we will be having a customer
appreciation day. We will be having chili dogs, cocktail smokies
and of course drink specials. It's open to all members and
guests. So come on in, have some food, drinks and bring your
I am writing this the wind is blowing and snow is flying everywhere.
I guess winter has arrived.
hope is that you had a wonderful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
We have so much to be thankful for.
Auxiliary Board will meet on December 5th at 5:00 pm at the
club. Our next Auxiliary
meeting will be on December 7th at 7:00 pm.
A potluck supper will be held prior to the meeting at 7:00 pm
(men included). The Albert
Lea High School Chorale will sing for us at 6:30 pm.
I hope to see many of you there for good “eats” and
is no meeting in January.
big THANK YOU goes out to so many people: to all who donated salads
for our luncheon on October 26th and to all of the people
who helped to set-up, serve and clean up; to those who furnished bars
and helped set-up and serve at the Membership Supper on November 5th;
and those who helped set-up, serve and clean up on Veteran’s Day on
November 11th. Without
each of you these events could not be held.
Again, “Thank You!!, you are all very much appreciated.
are again decorating a tree at the
Center. Our theme is “Support
Our Troops”. The trees
at the center will be open to the public beginning November 25th.
Please put this on your schedule as it is well worth seeing.
membership notices have been sent out by the National Legion
Auxiliary. If you have
already paid your dues - Thank You.
If not, please send them as soon as possible to Joyce Olson -
1930 Wilby Road. Thank you - we need
Auxiliary celebrated their “86th” Birthday on November
10, 2005. Hopefully this
wonderful organization can continue serving our Veterans.
a heads up on an upcoming event:
21st: Mid-winter conference held here in Albert Lea.
The Executive Board will meet at 9:00 am with the Regular
meeting held at 10:00 am at the club.
The women will meet after lunch from 1-3 at a place to be
you at the club!
too often during my research into the past of this area I’ve
encountered references to the members of the nation’s armed
forces during World War I and even World War II as being boys.
it’s certainly true that some of these alleged boys may have
then been 18 or 19 years old.
Yet, they had completed rugged basic training.
Some were soon killed or wounded in hostile action, and
many served the nation and coped with a multitude of brutal
for all too many years popular terms used were to “salute our
boys in blue” (the Navy), “our brave boys over there” and
“all the boys in uniform”.
Incidentally, some of these boys in uniform were
commissioned officers and senior enlisted personnel who had been
in the armed forces for two, three and even four decades.
about here one could ask a very logical question.
When does a boy become a man?
One way is to say the big transition comes with a high
school or college diploma; take your choice.
Another answer could be based on the ages of 18 or 21.
That one obviously relates to a birth date.
Still another answer would be based on just one incident.
And my favorite answer is based on completion of basic
factor we could add to all this concerns the women in uniform.
These ladies weren’t girls, gals, broads or any other
term equally as stupid. They
were and are equally important members of our nation’s armed
At Arms...............Scott Rasmussen
of November 21, a total of 1,166 of the paver bricks and 22 sponsorships
have been sold to honor those who served in the nation’s armed forces.
There’s room for more paver bricks and more sponsorships!
January 19, 1923. Died
November 16, 2005. He
served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the
American Legion, VFW, Crossroads Campers and was a scout master.
August 20, 1920. Died
November 9, 2005. He
served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was member of
the American Legion, VFW, Eagles and served on the Hayward Township
November 3, 1928. Died
November 8, 2005. He
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a member of the
American Legion, VFW and Eagles.
June 14, 1947. Died
November 10, 2005. He
served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War and was a member of
the American Legion.
Mr. & Mrs.
In Memory of
In Memory of
Bill & Marilyn Danielsen
Billy & Lavonne Christenson
In Memory of Wayne Hansen
Reid & Sherry Ulve
In Memory of Merle Vokoun
Vern & Fern Baer
Marlin Lovik Family
Donation to the Honor Guard
Edwin & Sylvia Johnson
you for your contributions to the Dollar-A-Month fund. All
contributions support the Post 56 club facilities, maintenance
& continued growth of our organization
deadline for the January issue is December 20. There will be no exceptions!
447 VFW meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at
the American Legion Post 56 Clubrooms @ 7:00pm. Come and join VFW Post
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