Greetings fellow Legioneers, Auxiliary and SALs
Indeed Summer has passed and Fall is upon us
I would like to thank all the volunteers that made our picnic a smooth running event. Thanks guys and gals. The weather was so great I thought there might be a few more people attending; still all in all it was a good time had by all.
I regret that I missed State Convention and Gambling Seminar at Rochester, MN; went to Gone Fishing instead. It again was a great success with fun and fish in the bucket. Thanks to the men and women that made it happen.
Heritage Days was entertaining to say the least. Wrestling had center stage, right in front of our door. The Claw!!! WHAT A HOOT. I thought the St. Paul Park Fire Fighters were going rule the show for a while, but they got things under control and let the wrestlers do their thing. Saturday night the street was full of people, mostly down by Park Place bar where the bandstand was set up. Next year it will be back up in our area. I must give a big thanks to the bartenders who did an almost impossible job of keeping the beverages going and going all afternoon and evening.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming events: September 8th--The BOOYA, craft sale and bake sale, with meat raffles being sold. All of this is for sale.
The Lion's Spaghetti fundraiser for the Food Shelf will be on September 4th starting 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Then following in the month of October is: Auxiliary breakfast on the 1st. Bean bags on the 11th(??). Customer appreciation party on the Oct. 14th(??). And of course the last day of the month is the Kid's Halloween party starting at 5:00 PM. Come in and enjoy.
On a serious note: we need to recruit new younger veterans. The longevity of this Post 98 will be in jeopardy if we do not move on this now; not next year or the year after--NOW.
The other day Bob Cripe commented on putting an article in the Bulletin/St. Paul Pioneer Press relating to what the Posts do for the community and what we do for our veterans. We need to get the word out.
Charlie Silver, Commande
The 2019 year is upon us and the dues for the SALS and the Legion are being accepted now. We have already over 254 Legion members who have paid and 16 SAL Dues paid. 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 Locally, Statewide and Nationally. 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. We need to have younger volunteers here to help in the overall upkeep and participation in events in our Club and to also help in the advancement of American Legion Sponsored Programs. The older members are either not able to help or have lost their enthusiasm. Congratulations to our newest members and transferees. There is not enough room in this Newsletter to thank you for joining us. Talk to your Military Friends and have them come down to a meeting on the 3rdTuesday of each month. Ask for the 3rdVice Commander John Forge and he will introduce you at the Meeting. The Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Our Membership Fees are still $40 for Legion Members and $15 for the SALs (Sons of the American Legion). We have no cost Halloween and Christmas Parties. Please keep your eyes on the Calendar or come down and check us out. Ask the Bartenders and they should tell you who to contact or give you the information themselves.
Gary Winter and Dennis Franz, Legion and SAL Adjutants
Why is it that sometimes we need to get hit on the head with an ax handle before we see the light? Well, now I have seen the light….really…. that “White Light” many of us have heard about. I recently had what we seniors call an “episode”. It was a near death experience where I saw the white light….the real unforgettable thing. A blinding halo of light where all you can see is a small tunnel thru the light. I was dying and certainly would have died without the appearance of a guardian angel in the guise of a former navy seal driving a black pickup truck. He called for help and worked with me and talked with me until the first responders arrived. Later the doctor said that I will need, what we seniors call a “procedure” after which, I will be right as rain again.
Anyway, this whole thing has me thinking about how fragile life can be and what we should try to do with it. I am starting to prioritize things. What is really important to me and why do I spend so much time doing things that really don’t matter. In this search for balance, I’m thinking of big things like turning over more responsibilities in our family business. Little things, and maybe more important things, like spending more time with family, friends and hobbies, and should I get that tattoo. So far, my lady friend and I are planning a road trip around Lake Superior like we did 15 years ago when we first started “sparking”. Looking to relive old memories while making new ones, that sort of thing. But why did I almost have to die to prompt me to think of things that I should have considered long ago. In this overdue search for the meaning of life thing, two thoughts have been helpful. First. “Many folks in nursing homes don’t regret the things they have done….they regret the things they haven’t done”. Secondly, as my sainted German Grand Mother used to say “Why is it that we grow to schoon old and to late schmardt.”
I would urge all of us to think about life and what truly makes us happy. This life of yours is short, it is the only one you have and it’s not a dress rehearsal.
Jim Kaempfer, Chaplin
A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped out at the July/August events: Gone Fishin’, Post 98 Picnic, Heritage Days, Meat Raffle, Bingo @ the Vets Home, and more!!! All the planning, preparation, & participation that went into the events is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! At Heritage Days, our Saturday “breakfast-on-the-go” and Sunday Breakfast Buffet were both GREAT SUCCESS!!! Special shout-out to the team who worked on the “3rd District Float” (golf cart) for the parade!!! It won the “Mayor’s Choice Award”!!! Amy Mogren & Emma Malicki are on fire with the new Jr. Auxiliary program!!! Their fun activities for the girls, as well as their big success selling juice boxes & face painting at Heritage days was A HIT!!! These girls are so excited about the program!!! Please give them all the support & kudos you can when you see them!!!Mark your calendars!!! Sept. 5th is the day our post is hosting the District Legion Family Rally @ 7:00-9:00 p.m. All Legion family is invited to attend! Come win a prize, hear a couple great speakers, enjoy the taco bar, and cheer on our post in the legendary “Peanut Push” contest against White Bear Lake’s Legion!!! Robert Holstrom will also be there to sign copies of his book! Help needed for the annual Booya (9/8): we need people willing to bake treats for the bake sale, and there will be a sign-up sheet for other opportunities posted at the Legion. The children’s Halloween party is coming in October. We’ll also need volunteers to sell meat raffles at the Legion on the following Fridays: 9/14 and 10/12. We’d love to see more members attend the monthly meetings! Come hear the latest updates and bring your ideas to share! Next meetings are 9/10 and 10/1.
Stefanie Kittelson, President
SERVICE OFFICER REPORT
Receiving services at the VA is very beneficial to all veterans who qualify. To receive any benefit, a veteran MUST BE ENROLLEDin 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 651-539-2444for 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 98is always needed and appreciated. YOUR LEGION NEEDS YOU!!!Bloodmobile is here on October 23rdstarting at 11 AM.
Bob Cripe, Service Officer
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.
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.
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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