Legion Recognizes Apple Festival

North Branch American LegionAmerican Legion Post 85 Commander James Johnson and Adjutant Glenn Pierce present a $1,000 check to Lin Strong the Amador Township Supervisor, for this years’ Apple Festival to be held on September 16th in Almelund, MN.

Post Talk Resumed

The Post Talk will now be published on a monthly basis. It will be posted on our website and also in the North Branch Post Review. Contact Glenn Pierce @ (651)674-4810 to have any items of interest published.

Legion Riders Letter to SAL Members

SAL members,

My name is Ron Rollins. I am a new SAL member and Legion member.

In February of this year Post #85 supported the formation of a Legion Riders group in North Branch. I am writing to invite any individual who is already a member of the legion family, and owns a motorcycle over 350cc or larger, to come join us this summer for fun in the sun.

I attended my first Legion convention in Rochester last year and that’s where I heard of the American Legion Riders (ALR) and all they do. That’s when I got the bug to get back into motorcycling. I brought the idea to a few members and then the Commander and all thought it would be fun for those who ride. Then the ball got rolling. We will be having our first ride on April 17th, at 2pm and meeting at the Legion Hall.

The ALR is a growing part of the legion and we want to be a tool for younger members to want to be apart and help with
veterans needs. We can do a lot with more heads with new ideas. I encourage anyone with a MC endorsement and a want to ride to come check us out. We are planning several events and fundraisers this coming year and a whole lot of miles to tear up.

I would also like to encourage any of you who have never been to the Detachment Convention to attend. It is an opportunity to learn more of why you’re a member of the SAL. Learn why our fathers and grandfathers joined the military and how we can support our current military in fulfilling the current mission. This year’s Detachment Convention (Camp out) will be held at Legionville, just outside of Brainerd June 24-26, 2011. Like I said I attended my first convention last year and I heard about the Legion Riders and found a better way for me to serve. You may find something that peaks your interest and builds a stronger commitment. Give it a try.

Legionville itself is unique. It is a camp that was built for the training of 5 & 6th graders as school crossing guards. It is a
week-long camp where they also learn first aid, canoeing, and swimming. For some this is the first week they have ever been away from home.

The Minnesota State Patrol partnered with the American Legion to sponsor this program that has been in existence since 1936, and in its current location since 1948. If you have never been to Legionville, it would be an experience
that you and your family will never forget.

Enjoy the warm weather!

Ron Rollins
American Legion Riders #85

Memorial Day 2016

Post 85, and North Branch VFW post 6424, performed at 5 surrounding cemeteries, and at the North Branch Catholic cemetery on Memorial Day morning. The Color Guard was led by Sgt. at Arms Tom Tallarico. The VFW provided the rifle squad. Post Commander Darcy Doble, and Post 85 Auxiliary President Michelle Still, led the proceedings. Guest speaker for the North Branch presentation was Colonel Stephen Kornitzer of the North Branch Schools Air Force Jr. ROTC program. Father Shane from the St. Gregory's Catholic Church provided the spiritual offerings.

Color Guard & Rifle Squad departing Weber Cemetery