June 2018 Post Talk

Post Talk
NORTH BRANCH POST # 85
By Glenn Pierce, Adjutant

Meeting Schedule:

  • Bar Finance & Accounting June 11th at 6:00 pm
  • Membership Meeting June 12th at 7:00 pm
  • Auxiliary Meeting June 12th at 7:30 pm
  • SAL Meeting June 5th at 6:00 pm

Darcy Doble, Commander - Midsummer is coming up June 13-17, so we hope to see a lot of people enjoying the carnival, parades, food, etc. Flag Day is June 14th also, so please be sure to have your flag flying proudly. Let's hope we have great weather for all of our summer events. Happy Graduation to the Class of 2018.

Michelle Still, Auxiliary President - It was a privilege once again to honor our veterans at 6 cemeteries on Memorial Day. Helping with the Memorial Day Services is a highlight of my year as president. Thank you to Commander Darcy Doble and the American Legion Post 85/V.F.W. Post 6424 Color Guard for their service, as well as many other members who make it possible.

Dianne Klund is once again leading an American Legion Team for Relay for Life. The event is on July 14th from 4:00 to 10:00 PM and will be located at the North Branch Outlet Mall. Please contact Dianne at 651-497-8442 if you would like to join the team. We will be donating a "chocolate" basket for the silent auction. Please let me know if you would like to donate something for the basket. Some ideas are: M&Ms, cocoa, special hot chocolate drink packets, wine, signs, buttons and books regarding chocolate, mugs, plates, towels. Dark chocolate candy may be okay, but milk chocolate may melt if it's hot. You may bring the items to our June 12th
meeting, or contact Bev Otterness and she will pick up your items.

I hope to see many of you during Midsummer Days.

Glenn Pierce, Adjutant - Flag Day is only one reason that June 14th is special in America. For it is also a day that we honor those who hold special reverence for our national symbol – so much so, that these special Americans all pledged to die for that Flag if called upon.

Fittingly, June 14th also happens to be the birthday of the United States Army. Our soldiers – like all veterans of the United States military – understand that the Flag of our country is not a mere piece of cloth but the embodiment of freedom, hope and opportunity. World War I veteran Alvin Mansfield Owsley served as national commander of The American Legion from 1922 to 1923. His reverence for our Flag and National Anthem resonates as well today as it did nearly a century ago.

“The band is playing the national anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner!” Commander Owsley said. “They have let loose Old Glory yonder. Stand up – and others will stand with you. This tribute to the Flag is offered to the country in appeal to all men and women of all races, colors and tongues that they may come to understand that our Flag is the symbol of liberty, and learn to love it.”

And we do love our Flag. That is why we are here today. It is why so many American Legion Family members wear American Flag pins.

The American Legion Riders are proud to announce that we handed out two $500 scholarships to two students at North Branch High School on May 29th ceremonies. The two students chosen were both 4.0 average with many family members who served. The group fielded questions from 11 applicants for the two scholarships offered this year.

The Legion Riders are now preparing for the Christmas In July Ride that will take place on July 14th where the money raised will go towards Christmas presents for military families. We will be looking for local families to invite to the private Christmas party soon.

We also use the money raised with this ride to help local veteran families. The most recent request we had was for a wounded soldier and his family who is in need.

Julie Solle, Ambassador Coordinator - As the Midsummer Ambassador program comes to a close, I'd like to thank the American Legion Family for your support throughout the years, and all volunteers, coordinators, Emcee's, sponsors, candidates and local businesses and citizens who have supported us in one way or another. The Midsummer Royalty program began in 1958. It was designed for young women who are finishing their junior year in high school and has remained that way. The longevity of this program says it all. It’s something young woman have looked forward to participating in, for the most part, since they were little girls. We have volunteered for the good of our community, promoted North Branch, attended events and invited people into our town. This program will be hugely missed. I want to thank Elise, Madison and Michaela for all they've done this year; they have been amazing to work with as Ambassadors.

On Sunday, June 17th, following the parade, the current Ambassadors will say their final farewells. Please join us under the big tent in support of Elise, Madison and Michaela and thank them for their year of service to our community.

As always, sending Midsummer Love, Julie Solle

Midsummer Ambassadors