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                                                                        March/April 2017


Greetings Legion Memabers

Spring is in the air and in sure a few o four golfers have taken advantage of that already.  The Fish Fries are doing very well and there are 7 left with the last one on April 14th.  On April 9th , Palm Sunday, we are having our Senior Citizens dinner at 1300 hours.  As many of you know Hollis “Luke” Lucas passed on Friday the 17th of February.  Luke has been an integral part of the Legion for the last 50 years.  He is and was a good friend of mine and my thoughts and prayers go to his family.  There will be a Memorial at the Legion on March 4th.  Thank you for everything MR. LUCAS. St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on March 18th with a Corn Beef and Cabbage Special from the Kitchen. Hope to see you all there.  Remember the Spring Hop for Special Needs is March 12th.  

 John Dingle



The 2017 year is upon us and the dues for the SALS and the Legion are due now.  We already have 427 Legion Members who have paid their dues and 33 Sals that have paid their dues.  Membership is an important aspect of the Legion.  Through Membership dues and Legionaire participation (Voluntary and Financially) we can do more for all American Legion projects and pay off the Loan that has revitalized our Bar and Kitchen. The Veterans of the Past and the present are here to serve you and the community.  Thanks for all of your help in advance and for your help in the Past. Go to Legion.org to find out about all of the activities that the American Legion does for the Community.  Our Website is listed above the Calendars in this Newsletter. We need to have volunteers here to help in the overall upkeep and participation in events in our Club. Our members are getting older and tired and need some young members. SALs 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 an entire crew or just help an existing one.  We start the Fish Fries each December and run through Good Friday.  Just leave a note with the Bartender if you are interested.

Gary Winter and Dennis Franz,



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 Thallassa Gunelius @ 651-430-8342. 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 27th  starting at 11 AM.

Bob Cripe, 

Service Officer


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 communication 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. 


Please Contact Jim Zaddack at 651-238-7053 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.



We have some busy events coming up and are in need of members volunteering.

-March 2nd is our “Spring Hop” for Special Needs.

-April 9th is the Palm Sunday Dinner.  Tickets can be picked up at the Legion on Sunday, April 2nd from 1-3PM.  Space is limited, so if  interested in attending be sure to get tickets.

-Our Unit does Meat Raffles the 2nd Friday of the month.

-Ask a bartender to see our special bracelets which is our Fund Raiser.

-I would like to see more members attend our meetings – 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 7PM

Marian Franz



Fellow Members,

As the saying goes; how soon we forget our war on terror.  And terrors, I might add, certainly fall into this category as well. Many within our nation would claim that the war on terror is over, but try to tell that to a family who recently lost a son or daughter. Nearly ten years after retiring from the Marine Corps I still hear from troops, old friends, that are being deployed into harms way. 
Our liberty is not free and our brave men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are paying the price daily for the liberty and freedom we continue to enjoy in this land of ours. God Bless America and those willing to defend her. 
On a more personal note, may God be with the family of Hollis "Luke" Lucas - a good friend to all of us and long-time member of Post 98. Rest in peace, dear friend.


God Bless,

John "John Bob" Forge


Notes from the Bar

Remember The Prom on April 29th.  The Arcades will be playing.  


Bar Hours of Operation:  Bar Opens at 11 AM Sunday thru Monday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Tueesday thru Thursday 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM


The Kitchen will be expanding hours if and when the customers start coming.  Any suggestions please call and talk to the Club Manager.


Dick Drude and Chuck Cronquist representatives from the Disabled Veterans Camp Board of Directors want everyone to know that reservations start for next summer for weekly and monthly rentals on January 30th. Reservations can be made either online ( HYPERLINK "http://www.vetscampmn.org" www.vetscampmn.org) or by calling the camp at 651-433-2699.  There are two winterized rental cabins available for winter sports.  Ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling is available at the camp.  We are very proud to be part of the Yellow Ribbon Camp to help all the vets coming home. Remember the Vets Camp is open to all veterans.  The camp is located on beautiful Big Marine Lake.  Want to check it out?  Call the camp to arrange a visit.

If you know of anyone who wants to be an officer please contact or leave a message for Charlie Silver (Nomination Chairman) at 651-459-8016 Or Marian Franz for the Auxiliary. We need all veterans to begin showing an interest in our club before it is too late.


Some Smiles:

    When do Monkeys fall from the sky?

    Ans. During Ape-ril Showers.

    What season is it when you are on a trampoline?


    Why is the letter “A” like a flower?

    A “bee” comes after it!

    What flowers grow on faces ?



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.


"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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