Hastings Veteran’s Home Project

From the Desk of our Commander

I will be placing a box by the door for people to place items in for the vets. Please give the gift cards to Linsey or Joan for safe keeping. Once I get a full box, I will take it to the Veteran’s Home. I would like this to be an ongoing project throughout the year and I’m hoping to get all the posts in the 3rd District to do the same.

Immediate Needs at the Hastings Veteran’s Home:

Underwear

  • Boxers: SM, MD, LG and XLG
  • Boxer Briefs: all sizes – small thru 3X
  • T-shirts – colored and white
  • A-shirts (tank): MD, LG, 2X and 3X
  • V-neck shirts: LG, XL and 2X
  • Crew neck shirts: can be colored w/pockets – MD, 2X and 3X

Other needs:

$10 gift cards from Subway, Great Clips (or other cheap hair places), Perkins, Walmart, Target, etc. They need to be local to Hastings so the vets can use them. We use these as progress rewards for many different health and social workers’ programs.

FULL SIZE body wash, toothpaste, facial tissues, room deodorizers (hard), alcohol free mouth wash and other personal care items.

SOAP PODS!!! We use 600 plus every month. Our vets wash their own clothes. We like Tide, Gain or any good liquid pod. We find the best price at Sam’s or Costco. They are in boxes of about 150 pods. This is a critical item for us. It is a budget item of over $6,000 per year.

Electric shavers: not expensive ones. We use about 20 a year.

Surge suppressers with a long cord. We have an old building and they usually only have only one outlet per vet.

Adopt a Vet Program for the Holidays

We give you a name, size and branch of service. You shop for what you think would be nice. We like them wrapped so they have gifts to open. Keep the amount modest but we do not tell you how much or what to give. We strive to adopt every veteran out for the holiday season. Call if you would like to participate. We have 160 veterans in our facility.

Questions?? Call Sue at 651-539-2442 or 651-212-8812 or you can email her at Susan.Register@state.mn.us

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Chris Olson’s Memories of Elvis

Memories of Elvis

The Memories of ELVIS Show is performed by CHRIS OLSON. Chris has performed in Las Vegas, California, Montana, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Georgia and numerous other cities in the U.S as well as Mexico. Among his many performances, he has also entertained at the “We Fest” in Minnesota and the “Country Fest” in Wisconsin where the audiences for both performances were well over 60,000 people. Chris has stopped the crowd at “Grand Old Days” in St. Paul, MN and has done several local county fairs. He has brought his singing talents aboard cruise ships and has done a television commercial for Great Clips.

August 3rd at 7pm (doors open 5pm with optional buffet dinner). Tickets are on sale at the bar for $12.

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Commander’s Column July

Happy July to Everyone!!

We have some great changes coming in the next few months relating to the kitchen. We’ve hired a couple of awesome cooks and we will be looking at tweaking the menu a little bit…. maybe even offering some desserts.

I want to thank everyone in our Legion for electing me for another year of being your Commander! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people and I really appreciate all you do for this club!!

This July let’s take time to remember and give thanks for all our blessings, great and small!!

The 4th of July

The day is here, the time has come
With friends and family we’ll all have fun

We’ll BBQ and swim and fish
And on the fireworks make a wish

But as we gather, eat and play
Let’s stop and reflect on this special day

The ones who fought, who gave their lives
Who left their mothers, fathers, husbands and wives

They gave their all, their everything
To let the sound of freedom ring

They trained, they worked, they sacrificed
They bled and died, they paid the price

They raised our flag on many shores
To protect our freedom, mine and yours

On this day, let’s give our thanks
To our fighting men in all the ranks

The ones who left us in the past
And the ones whose lot will soon be cast

God Bless and Keep you with His Love
As angels surround you from above

Sincerely,
Commander Carla

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4th of July Celebration

Come join us for our 4th of July weekend and celebration on July 4th! What a weekend too!

Start your weekend with our breakfast on Saturday morning from 7am – 11am. $3.00 dollar Bloody Mary’s from 8am to noon. And then top it off with a PRIME RIB DINNER starting at 5pm followed by Karaoke at 8pm.

Then Sunday July 2nd, we have our brunch buffet from 8am to 12 noon! The buffet takes place on the first Sunday of every month and is one of my personal favorites. Bloody Marys are only $3.00 8am until noon.

Then on Tuesday, July 4th, we have brats, hotdogs and of course beer and more! Face painting and balloon artist or the kiddies (or some of you adults), and raffles. Drawing is at 6pm and you do not have to be present to win!

So come on over to the Legion Post 1776. What are you waiting for?

 

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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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