Volunteers needed for 4th of July!

National Museum of Natural History, James Montgomery Flagg Artist -Used under fair use Copyright for non-profits per the National Museum


We are in need of volunteers to help us with clean up, beer truck and raffles! Can you help out? If so there is a sign up board at the Post, or simply e-mail Linsey at: Manager@post1776.com

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Celebrating Flag Day

Photo (c) 2017 Gary Shade

On June 14th 2017, we celebrated Flag Day. In attendance were members of Legion Post 1776 (including it’s Officers), Scouts from Pack 227 and Troop 205, members of the Post, and many friends and family of the Apple Valley community. A quaint little ceremony was completed to retire flags that have done their duty and have flown with grace & honor over this wonderful country. Following the ceremony, Commander Tappainer and other Post members taught the Scouts and youth in attendance what each fold of the America Flag represents. I would like to repeat this for those that may not know that such a representation exists;

…..once the flag is quarter – folded…..

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for 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 her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor 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 tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, 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 twelfth 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 takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

We’ll see you all next at the Apple Valley Legion in observation of the greatest holiday EVER – Independence Day!

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Commanders Message – June

Spring Greetings to all!!

I hope everyone had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend!! I know that this holiday means more to me and my family than most others. It’s a time to remember and reflect on our lost loved ones and make sure no one ever forgets the sacrifices that were made for us and our freedoms!!

We honor the sacrifices of prior generations. We honor the sacrifices of the men and women next door who have served or continue to serve our country. And we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day! I think that this is a real problem in our country today.

It seems like our younger generations don’t care about the past and where their freedom came from. I bought poppies for all my co-workers and only 2 out of 20 even knew what the meaning of the poppy was……how sad. We must step up and teach the generations to come how important that these sacrifices are and how they should pass this knowledge to their children lest we forget……

As Veterans, we pledge never to forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. We would not have the privilege of celebrating this day and honoring so many memories without the sacrifices of those who gave their last full measure of devotion.

Flag Day is coming up on June 14th! We plan on having a ceremony out back by the pavilion. I’ve invited all the local boy scouts and girl scouts to come help us and learn more about the history of our flag and the proper destruction of the old, tired flags. Please come and join us!!

We are starting a new American Legion Post 1776 Riders group!! I know it’s been awhile since we had our own group but please pass the word!! We have a ton of motorcycle riders in our post and I think it would be great to get it going again. If you are interested please contact me and I will put your name on our list for the first meeting!! ctappainer@charter.net

Remember that our flag does not fly because the wind moves it……
it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it……

Commander Carla

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Memorial Program

Today, Post 1776 held our annual Memorial Day program. Although it looked gloomy at the start of the program, many still showed their patriotism and their rain gear while many others sported umbrellas.

Shortly after the program was underway the heavens did open up and the program was quickly moved indoors.

In attendance were community leaders, many of whom are also veterans and members of Post 1776.

Lloyd Cybart was the Master of Ceremonies, and Hannah Cybart (Post Auxiliary) told of the history of “The Little Red Flower” that is sold all week. The Post 1776 Color Guard started the program with the Scott Highlands Band and the Velvet Tones playing and singing our national anthem.

The Civil Air Patrol 130th Composite Squadron gave an impassioned POW/MIA ceremony.

Program speakers included Bruce Bigler (Sons of the American Legion Commander), Gorda Olsen (Auxiliary President), and our guest speaker Colonel James W. Goodman USAF Retired.

Our commander Carla Tappaniner read the final honor roll of veterans we’ve lost this past year. The program concluded with Taps, and the Benediction by Chaplain Bill Weis and everyone singing God Bless America.

The Velvet Tones and the Scott Highlands Band provided musical interludes.

It was a day of reverence and remembering those who gave so much for us all. May God bless them, their families and America.

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Sports event with the Minnesota Twins – June 5

June 5th – 1pm
Hastings Veterans Home
1200 18th St E, Hastings, MN 55033
Phone: (651) 539-2400

The sponsors are: The Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776, the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club front office, and the Twin Cities Sports Collectors Club (TCSCC).

Resident veterans, staff and their families will attend.

Twins historian/curator Clyde Doepner will present a talk, distribute handouts, have actual Twins players’ jerseys for a show and tell, answer questions, and mingle with the veterans. TCSCC members are giving the Vets Home thousands of older baseball, football and hockey cards, plus dozens of sports-related hard cover books for its library.

Join us on June 5th!


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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

We have a lot going on today at Post 1776. Mother’s Day Omelette 7am – 1pm $10 Adults / $5 for Kids.

And then our new Chef and kitchen has some great meals ready to serve for dinner from 4pm to 7pm.


~ 8 oz. bacon wrapped ball tip steak with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus – $12.95

~ Grilled chicken Ceaser salad – $8.95

~ Strawberry Chicken Salad – $8.95

~ Chef Salad – $7.95

~ Alfredo Penne with Broccoli – $7.95
…… Add chicken – $2.00

All Mother’s will receive a complimentary piece of Flan with a bourbon caramel glaze.

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Paint Nite Success!

The Post saw 47 “artists” born on the night of May 11th 2017 at PAINT NITE! A great time was had by every one of the budding artists. Some say the alcohol consumed helped to  lift their spirits. But I think it was raw talent.

The host for the evening, Jeremy, kept everyone engaged and laughing.

Be sure not to miss the next Legion Paint Nite.

Here is a gallery of photos and fun from this month’s Paint Nite.

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May 6th! Kentucky Derby Day!

Kentucky Derby Party!

Our friend Bruce Bigler with his derby hat from last year. Great job Bruce!

Got your Derby Hat?
Well we have a Derby Hat contest this Saturday 05/06/2017
at Post 1776!

Stop on in for a day of festivities! The Derby party starts at 11am.


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Cinco De Mayo! Party Time at Post 1776!!!

Cinco De Mayo Party!

Great Food & Drink today and everyday at Post 1776!
Come on in and celebrate with us.

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GB Leighton
May 19th 9pm-12pm
American Legion Hall Post 1776, Apple Valley MN

Order your tickets for this event by clicking here!

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