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Legion Post 56
Lea, MN 67007
Legion Post 56 Monthly Bulletin
Hello - Post 56 is recycling again. It’s time to reflect on Arnie’s
time spent as our Commander. His first term was spent on redecorating the
lounge from ceiling to floor making it more attractive for us to enjoy. Total
money raised for this project was $11,400. That same year heating and air
conditioning had to be replaced. There was a new-used walk in freezer
installed in the basement. This past year his project was installing air
purifiers in the lounge. We also had to replace the freezer and
refrigerator in the kitchen. He had great support but when you see him,
tell him THANK YOU! Also a big thank you to all the Legion family
members for their financial help for these projects.
July will be another busy month. July 3rd the Post will be serving brats
and burgers. Sunday July 8th a breakfast from 8 am - 12:30 pm. Monday
July 16 a pork chop dinner for our local National Guard unit as they will be
deploying for Kosovo (check out radio and newspaper later). On July 22nd
the regular Legion breakfast from 8 am - 12:30 pm. A big event is on
Saturday July 28 - a sweet corn and brat feed starting at 4 pm until everything
is gone. This event is to raise funds for the 1/4 of the money needed to
pay for the new uniforms for the Honor Guard which is about $4,000.
I am looking forward to working closely with the Legion Auxiliary and S.A.L.
I am starting a suggestion box so if you have any questions or ideas about
the American Legion or local Post you can write, call, or e-mail me at these
addresses: 1704 Plainview Lane, Albert Lea, MN; 373-1568; email@example.com.
So make sure you leave your name for response.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July
For God and Country!
Post 56, thank you very much for your support in the
past years and letting me lead you as your commander. I know the Post has
good people in place for the future and that the Post will continue in good
leadership. I would like to congratulate Gary for stepping up and taking
on the position of Commander, and also for Dave Mullenbach and Rex
Stotts for 1st and 2nd Vice. Please give your support to help make
their jobs easier.
July - with it comes parades, fireworks and picnics. We have a
fun month ahead, so lets get down to business.
Join us July 3rd before and after the parade.... burgers and brats
outside, cold beverages inside. July 4th - Happy Fourth of
July - the club will be closed. July 7th - Paul Knutson
entertains us with his Elvis Show in the lounge from 7 pm -
11 pm. July 9th - board meeting at 6:00 pm. July 17th -
the post meeting will be on a Tuesday this month at 7:00 pm. July
22nd - Post breakfast serving 8 am - 12:30 pm. July 25th - ARC
Burger Feed. July 28th - Sweet Corn and Brat feed followed by Tom
and Max playing all your favorites in the lounge from 6 pm - 10
pm. And please don’t forget to join us for Karaoke every
Friday July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th, its always lots of fun.
Have a great month
Food and Beverage Manager
very recent events really added a special touch for the veterans in
The first came on Memorial Day with the afternoon dedication of the
Freeborn County Veterans’ Memorial near the corner of East College
Street and South Broadway Avenue. This special salute to the
veterans of the past and present was enhanced by the excellent
speech by Al Brooks Sr., the participation of our governor, Tim
Pawlenty, and all the other fine contributors to this dedication
The second event took place on Saturday, June 9. Post 56
sponsored a bus which took a group of veterans and their spouses to
St. Paul for the dedication of Minnesota’s World War II Memorial
in front of the state’s capitol building.
According to one of the Twin Cities newspapers, there were about
22,000 people attending this fairly well organized dedication.
During the day there were 4,700 special medallions created by
Jostens which were awarded to the eligible World War II veterans.
Despite the fact that I went into the U.S. Army as a draftee in 1945
as a resident of Oregon, I take pride in being a recipient of one of
The form I filled out clearly emphasized the Oregon connection.
Yet, I was given the medallion by a very nice young lady.
Sadly, this state memorial, like the national version in Washington,
D.C., is about two or three decades too late for all too many now
deceased veterans of that war. This gives real meaning to the
old saying, “Better Late Than Never”.
the livin is easy”....................well, at least we don’t
have to shovel snow. This wonderful summer weather is what
gets us through the Minnesota winter, right?
I hope you were at the dedication of our Veterans Memorial on
Memorial Day. Albert Lea did itself proud. After the
regular memorial services in the morning, the Auxiliary hosted a
lunch at the Legion Hall and served over 300 people. My
husband (a WWII vet) and I rode in the parade down to the Government
Center. There was a very impressive dedication service for our
beautiful new memorial. A veteran spoke of how proud he is to
serve his country and governor Pawlenty praised our community for
its dedication to our veterans. Cake and coffee at the Legion
Hall afterwards concluded a full and remarkable day of dedication.
Then, on Saturday June 9, a bus load of people from here went to St.
Paul for the dedication of the new World War II Memorial on the
Capitol Grounds. Over 22,000 people attended, including over
4,000 World War II vets. They were well treated, as each
received a special medallion on a red, white and blue ribbon (like
an Olympic medal). The committee and volunteers did a
magnificent job of handling that many people, providing plenty of
bottled water, chairs everywhere, and a good sound system that let
everybody hear the dedication ceremonies. It is too bad it
took 60 years to get it there, but it is a splendid memorial.
Friday June 15 we held our installation of officers for both the
Legion and the Auxiliary, after a fine meal. We were happy to
have the new District 1 President Louise Kleiboer to do the
honors of swearing in the following officers for 2007-2008; Joyce
Rhody, President; Wanda Christensen, 1st Vice President; Pat
Johannsen, 2nd Vice President; Vonnie Oftedahl, Secretary;
Rita Anderson, Treasurer; Dorothy Snider, Chaplain; Liz
Kaplan and Joy Bergstrom, Historians; Bonnie Schneider,
Sgt.-At-Arms; Ruth Strand and Ange Larson, Executive
I thank you for your confidence in me and we look forward to another
good year. There will be no membership meetings in July and
August but we will be having a Board meeting soon to make plans for
the coming year.
God and Country
CORNELIUS N. SLEGH
Born Dec. 13, 1922. Died May 25, 2007. He was a veteran
of service with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and
a member of the American Legion, VFW, DAV and the Blind Veterans
Gilpin In Memory of Edward Fosse
Mr and Mrs Bob Nistler In Memory of Lyle
John R Peterson Memorial to Honor Guard In Memory
of Gordy Blake
Charlotte Hanson In Memory of Ding Hanson
Clarence and Dorothy Schroader In Memory of Robert
Lowell and Cora Peterson Donation
Family of Gordy Blake Memorial to Honor Guard in
Memory of Gordy Blake
Bill and Lavonne Christenson In Memory of Millie
Bob and Shirley Indrelie In Memory of Gordy Blake
Jackie and Brian Babey In Memory of Cornelius
Joanne Smith In Memory of Cornelius Slegh
Julia Slegh In Memory of Cornelius Slegh
Mike Jensen Donation
Duane and Eunice Hatleli In Memory of Millie
Jon and Pat Rhiger Donation
Gift to the Honor Guard in Memory of Cornelius Slegh
you for your contributions to the Dollar-A-Month fund. All
contributions support the Post 56 club facilities, maintenance &
continued growth of our organization.
To make a donation, click on the link to our D.A.M.
Fund Account Page.
deadline for the July issue will be the Wednesday following the
post meeting. This will
be the deadline in the future!
As of June 23 a total of 2,241 of the paver bricks and 43 sponsorships have been
sold to honor those who served in the nation's armed forces. There's still
room for more paver bricks and more sponsorship!
447 VFW and Auxiliary meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every
month at the American Legion Post 56 Clubrooms @ 7:00pm. Come and
join VFW Post 447.
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