Monday nights and the house is rockin’ with “Brother Bill” Swanson and the Valley Jammasters! Starting at 06:30 pm
Come on in and bring your axe (guitar), harmonica, horn, your voice and jam with us!
It’s open mic night and you’re the main attraction!
I received some bad news about a week ago regarding the passing of Jerry Forslund. You may have seen Jerry in the not to distant past. He was our doorman for many years in the evenings and weekends at Post 1776. Jerry was of course a veteran but important, he was a very nice and kind man.
He will be greatly missed. RIP Jerry.
Our October 6th chicken feed was a resounding success. Grilling started at 09:00 hours and continued until 16:30 hours (4:30pm).
Ass you can see in the photos, the chicken looked and tasted great. The chicken feed was free to all the volunteers from the 4th of July Chicken Feed, and Legion, SAL, and Auxiliary members. Family members and guests were charged $5.00.
The meal consisted of a BBQ chicken half, beans, coleslaw and a roll. Our new grill, dubbed “The Foxhole” handled 190 chicken halves at a time, and we went through approximately 50 bags of charcoal! AWESOME!
A special thanks to all the volunteers, Bernie Baumann, Bob Nelson, John Hunter, Jim Thompson, Buck (I don’t think he even has a last name), Brad, Mike, Dick Tollefson, Gary Odegard, Tim Liffrig, Gary Shade and our office support Lisa Leitner, and Joan Guse and our kitchen staff. If I left anyone out, my sincere apologies.
John Morrity, past Post 1776 Commander and esteemed member of the Post 1776 Color/Honor Guard for over 20 years will be laid to rest this Saturday October 5th at White Funneral Home in Apple Valley MN. Viewing is at 9-10am and the service will be from 11am- 12 noon.
Rest in peace brother.
The 40 & 8 group will having their October Bratfest at Von Hanson’s Meats in Apple Valley on Saturday Oct. 5th and Sunday Oct. 6th at 10am each day. Stop by for brats. Proceeds go to nursing scholarships.
A veteran and long time Legion member Keith Overbey tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident this past August 25th in Missouri. Keith was a frequent Thursday visitor at the morning coffee clutch of the Grumpy Old Men and 40 & 8 group. He will be missed.
Rest in peace brother.
Dedication of the FOXHOLE BBQ pit was recently completed with the help of Bob Fox and Ron Ames of Ames Construction. The dedication took place on Tuesday, Sept. 24h at 09:30 hours with our Post Commander Dick Tollefson, and the Post 1776 Color/Honor Guard present.
The work, materials and labor were donated to Post 1776 by Ames Construction & Bob Fox. We will be having a 4th of July Volunteer thank you Chicken Feed on October 6th starting at 1:30pm and going until the chicken is gone. The meal includes chicken, beans, and coleslaw. It is open to all CURRENT members of the Legion, SAL and the Post Auxiliary. Fee for guests is $5.00. You must show a current membership card to be eligible for the meal.
Post 1776 hosted a very solemn ceremony for our MIA and POW brothers and sisters. The numbers from all wars are listed here.
The Post Color/Honor Guard presented the colors with John Hunter our Operations Manager, Dick Tollefson our Commander, and Sue Register Post 1776 Chaplin spoke at the ceremony. Sue delivered our prayer for the missing.
Here are photos of the event.
Dear Hastings Veterans Home Supporters,
It is that time again when each veterans’ home is blessed to be able to serve a wonderful pheasant lunch to our veterans. This year the Hastings Home will have that meal on October 17th at noon and you are invited. This is a time to get acquainted with our leadership team and veterans. Please come and enjoy the afternoon at our Home. I can do tours after the meal if you want.
The Hastings Veterans Home is the Home for 125 veterans with disabilities. They range in age between 30 and 90. We specialize with those learning to manage PTSD and other adult onset mental illnesses. There are many other conditions here but they all have served our country with honor.
The Hastings Veterans Home (1200 18th Street East, Hastings, MN 55033) is a wonderful place for veterans with disabilities to regain control of their lives and for some, to move back into the community. Please feel free to come up anytime. We love visitors. We would not be able to succeed in its mission without support from partners like you. Thank you so much. I hope that this partnership will continue far into the future.
If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know. I am very willing to do all I can.
Hastings Veterans Home
Post 1776 will observe our POW and MIA brothers and sisters on September 20th in a ceremony to be held at the Post between 17:00 and 17:30 hours.
The kitchen and pull tab booth will both be closed during the ceremony.