Greetings fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary and Sal’s:
Indeed Summer has passed and Fall has arrived bringing it's beautiful colors. I hope everyone enjoyed the season as much as I did. The booya was a success again this year; thanks to all the volunteers who chopped veggies and deboned chicken, cut ox tail, procurers of wood, the chefs and the list goes on. Best said, "Thank you." Thanks to Paul and Allie for donating the fire wood. The Auxiliary breakfasts started the first Sunday in October. Beginning in December the breakfasts will be on the first and third Sundays of each month. Serving hours are 8:30 am until 11:00 am or until gone. Come in and enjoy the best breakfast in town. There are a few events up coming in November: Food Shelf fund raiser on the Nov 4th, National Prayer Breakfast on the Nov 7th being held at River Oaks Golf Course 7:00 am to 8:30 am, Nov. 9th there is a Veteran's ceremony at Inver Grove Community College; you are welcome to join Ray and myself. Nov. 10th at Park High School the ROTC program has invited us to attend. Veteran’s Day dinner will be served by the Unit 98 Auxiliary. You must be signed up for the dinner by Nov. 9th. Sign up sheet is at the bar. See the calendar for times. Thanksgiving Day the Clubroom will open at 3:00 PM to closing. Members keep in mind that the Post Everlasting will be held at the November Post meeting. The December Christmas party for Special Needs children will be on Dec. 9th. Croix Rider's Children's Christmas party the following Saturday, Dec. 16th. Stocking stuffing is done on the morning of Dec. 9th at 9:00 AM. A couple of other items need to be addressed this time of year. We need Fish Fry teams put in place soon. If four teams are signed up----that is only one Friday evening per month, with exception of Dec. and March having five Fridays. Also it would be nice if one more team would sign on for the meat raffles; then again it would be one Friday evening per month, with exception of Dec. and March having five Fridays. Keep in mind that the POST INVENTORY is done on January 1, 2018 starting at 8:00 AM. Eight people would make this chore a lot easier!
Enjoy the upcoming Holiday Season.
The 2018 year is upon us and the dues for the SALS and the Legion are due now. Membership is an important aspect of the Legion. Through Membership dues and Legionnaire participation (Voluntary and Financially) we can do more for all American Legion projects (National and locally). The Veterans of the Past and the present are needed to serve you and the community. Thanks for all of your help in advance and for your help in the Past. There is not enough room in this Newsletter to thank you for joining us. Our members are getting older and tired and need some young members. Sal’s consider doing a Fish Fry night once a month. We will ensure that there is someone with you that knows their way around the Legion and what to do on a Fish Fry. If you are interested please come down and sign up as an entire crew or just help an existing one. We start the Fish Fries each December and run through Good Friday. A sign up sheet is available. Just ask the Bartender if you are interested and they will show you where to sign up. We need self starters. We have the 2018 Legion Membership Cards available so if you are interested in paying dues early just drop it off at the Legion in an envelope with your name on it. We will endeavor to send cards out as quickly as we can. Those of you who have not paid for 2017 can still pay in order to keep up your continuous membership in this fine organization.
Gary Winter and Dennis Franz,
Legion and SAL Adjutants
It came to all or our attention that we are doing Special Ops in Nigeria (Africa), who knew. We lost four Green Berets; please keep them and their families in your prayers.
The last few months have been a whirlwind, but we’re heading in a great direction! Welcome to several new members, and thank you to those who have renewed their memberships! As planned, our Sunday Breakfast buffets will be held on the 1st & 3rd Sundays, starting with Dec 3rd. Still room for additional volunteers! Thank you to all who have helped with Breakfasts, Funeral Luncheons, Meat Raffles, and the various other activities we do!!! You all make a difference and I am thrilled to serve our veterans & communities alongside you!!!
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT
Receiving services at the VA is very beneficial to all veterans who qualify. To receive any benefit, a veteran MUST BE ENROLLED in the VA system and should not wait until they need VA services. To do this an application called a “MEANS TEST” needs to be completed and filed with the VA to determine their classification. This can take several weeks so time is of the essence. I have the forms and can help you. One can also contact Washington County Service Officer Steve Despiegelaere @ 651-430-6859 and Fax 651-430-6832. Volunteer to give rides to a Veteran in Metro Area (Call Legion for Contacts, Phone #’s and available days @ 651-459-8016) - Contact Ellen Nelson at the Hastings Vets Home at 651-539-2444 for volunteer opportunities - Come down to the Club and renew old friendships with ones that you haven’t seen for a while. Your help and involvement in YOUR LEGION POST 98 is always needed and appreciated. YOUR LEGION NEEDS YOU!!! Bloodmobile is here on December 26th starting at 11 AM.
Bar Hours of Operation: Bar Opens at 11 AM Sunday thru Thursday, 10 AM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday. The Bar will close on Sunday and Monday nights at 10 PM unless there are customers present. Otherwise we close at 1 AM. Your business keeps us open. We are looking for waitresses also.
Kitchen Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Saturday from 5 PM until 9 PM. Wednesday from 11 AM until 3 PM. Specials are located in the Club. Sunday 4 PM – 7 PM. Summer Hours are 4 PM - 8 PM. Sunday is only Broasted Chicken Buffet or to go only. We are still looking for a Fry Cook who is self motivated and interested in making our Kitchen something to be proud of. Remuneration for the right person is possible.
If you have any questions, ideas for improvement or other suggestions place a note in the suggestion box located in the bar or fax us the information at 651-459-8778. Any other communications leave with the Bartender. Please print your name and telephone number so if we have any questions we can contact you and have you come to our House Committee meetings to find out our decision or to discuss yours. If your name and a contact number are not on your suggestion it will be impossible to tell you what we have done.
Please Contact John Wright (leave a note with the bartender in an envelope to John’s attention) if you are interested in being on the Post Honor Guard. We are looking for a number of dedicated volunteers to help honor deceased members. He keeps a list and will contact you when you are needed.
The Holiday Train will be here December 9th from 5:30 PM until 6:00 PM. South of Seiven Bridge, in front of Youth Service Bureau.
Toys for Tots will start pickup at the Legion on November 29, 2017 and finish on or about December 20, 2017.
Flag folding procedures and symbols
The traditional method of folding the flag is as follows:
(A) Straighten out the flag to full length and fold lengthwise once.
(B) Fold it lengthwise a second time to meet the open edge, making sure that the union of stars on the blue field remains outward in full view. (A large flag may have to be folded lengthwise a third time.)
(C) A triangular fold is then started by bringing the striped corner of the folded edge to the open edge.
(D) The outer point is then turned inward, parallel with the open edge, to form a second triangle.
(E) The diagonal or triangular folding is continued toward the blue union until the end is reached, with only the blue showing and the form being that of a cocked (three-corner) hat.
Meaning of Flag-Folding Program
The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.
The portion of the flag denoting honor is the canton of blue containing the stars representing states our veterans served in uniform. The canton field of blue dresses from left to right and is inverted only when draped as a pall on the casket of a veteran who has served our country honorably in uniform.
In the U.S. Armed Forces, at the ceremony of retreat, the flag is lowered, folded in a triangle fold and kept under watch throughout the night as a tribute to our nation’s honored dead. The next morning it is brought out and, at the ceremony of reveille, run aloft as a symbol of our belief in the resurrection of the body.
Symbols for the Folds of the Flag
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born. The 11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The 12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.” After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it has the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under Gen. George Washington and the sailors and Marines who served under Capt. John Paul Jones and were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the U.S. Armed Forces, preserving for us the rights, privileges and freedoms we enjoy today.
MEANING OF THE AMERICAN LEGION EMBLEM
"There shines the Emblem of The American Legion, it is your badge of distinction, honor and service. It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of man. Of its several parts, each has a meaning."
Every part of The American Legion Emblem has a meaning, a rich symbolism that a glance does not reveal.
The Rays of the Sun form the background of our proud Emblem, and suggest that the Legion's principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.
The Wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States, that liberty might endure.
The Star, victory symbol of World War I, signalizes as well honor, glory and constancy. The letters U.S. leave no doubt as to the brightest star in the Legion's star.
Two Large Rings the outer one stands for the rehabilitation of our sick and disabled buddies. The inner one denotes the welfare of America's children.
Two Small Rings set upon the star. The outer pledges loyalty and Americanism. The inner is for service to our communities, our states and the Nation.
The words AMERICAN LEGION tie the whole together for truth, remembrance, constancy, honor, service, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, loyalty, and Americanism.
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