Dawn’s Going Away Party!!!

Dawn our friendly neighborhood Legion Bar Manager will retire after 25 years of service to Post 1776.


Time: 3:00pm
Date AUGUST 29th
Place: The backroom

Let’s party till DAWN!!!

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Dawn’s Retirement – Grumpy’s Bring Cake

Our beloved bartender extraordinaire Dawn will retire and be leaving us at the end of this month (August 29th). The Gumpy Old Men group brought in a celebration cake to celebrate Dawn’s 25 years with the Legion and her retirement.

We all will miss you Dawn!

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Trump Signs Legion Act into law

On July 30th, President Trump signed the Legion Act into law. Opening the door to 6 million veterans who previously were not eligible for Legion benefits and programs. See the full article here.

Photo courtesy Legion.org – used under fair use for educational purposes.

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Voiture 1457 / 40/8 Brat Stand

Post 1776 40/8 Brat Stand

When: August 3rd & 4th.
from: 9am – 5pm

Where: Von Hanson’s Meats
7533 148th ST W
Apple Valley


Donations and proceeds to benefit Nurses Training.

Come on down and get a couple or a few of the tastiest Brats in town! We’ll be grillin’!

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Eastview Baseball Champs!

The Eastview Baseball Champions shown here presenting their trophy to Operations Manager John Hunter. Post 1776 sponsors these Eastview players and it was great to see them and their families celebrate their Championship here at Post 1776.


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Tribute to Fallen Soldiers 07-20-2019

Today (07/20/2019) I had the honor of being present for a very moving ceremony honoring our fallen soldiers.  Post 1776 hosted the Staff of the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers who are escorting the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame from Eugene Oregon to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. to honor and pay tribute to America’s Fallen service members.

The riders met with the Kopp family in Minnetonka to honor Army Corporal Ben Kopp who was killed in service of our country in 2009. For those who attended they stated it was very difficult to hold back their tears.

Then the group departed for the Children’s Hospital and then onto American Legion Post 1776 at 18:30 hours escorted by Apple Valley Police and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office. A big thank you to those agencies for providing their escort.

Here are some photos from today’s ceremony and tribute.

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Thank you Volunteers!

The 4th of July is the biggest fund raiser for our American Legion Post 1776.

There is a lot of planning and organizing that goes into making an event successful. We as a group would like to Thank each and every person who volunteered their time and energy towards making the 4th a memorable and fun day.

It was sunny, hot and humid. It was a day just made for family fun. And it was a day to celebrate Our becoming a great nation. And it was a day to show we are united in a common cause of Patriotism.

The people that gave of their time and energy by volunteering for this event; please give yourselves a pat on the back. We salute you and thank you for your acts of selfless giving. You have our eternal gratitude.

Thank you for the love you have shown to all of us through your gift of time and energy.

In appreciation,

John Hunter, Operation Group Chairman

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2019 Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

I had a very moving experience today was I visited the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall which is on display this week in Lakeville MN (at the Haase Arena on CR 70 – Take Cedar south and turn west on CR 70 -1st light past Jeff Belzer’s –  and follow the signs to the Wall).

I was able to find the name of a boy from my home town in Carpentersville Illinois who lost his life serving our country in Vietnam. Keith John Andres on panel 29E line 9.

I was friends with his younger brother Lance and I remember how hard Lance took the news of his brothers death. Keith was 6 years older than I was.

Keith was an MP in the US Army 545th, 1st Cav Division, USARV. He served in Vietnam a little over a year before he was killed by small arms fire. He was 20 years old.

We should never forget those who gave all for God and country. Freedom is never free.

You should visit the Traveling Wall. I was told it will be on display through July 13th.

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Three Generations

This year was the first time that Post 1776 Color Guard has ever had  three generations leading our 4th of July parade.
 The Revolutionary War marchers are – from left to right …CARTER EHLERS, JOE MILLER (son), MARK MILLER (grand father), AUSTIN MILLER (grand son), AND JAKE KREJCE.

Photo and story by Bruce Bigler

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Our Color Guard and 76s

Our Post 1776 Color Guard and 76s’ were marching as usual in our city’s Freedom Days parade yesterday.

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