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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Spaulding Donation to Post 1776

Mike & Val Spaulding made a very nice donation to Post 1776 in the form of 6 comemerative plates depicting the Vietnam War. We have the plates and an exact replica of the Hart Memorial (pictured) in our display case in the banquet room. The Hart statute is in Washington D.C. about 150 feet from the Vietnam War Memorial. The donated statue is an exact replica (albeit miniature replica).

We thank the Spauldings for their wonderful gift.

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Celebrate July 4th at Post 1776!

Come and celebrate the 4th of July at Post 1776! We’re serving up a grilled half chicken, coleslaw, beans and a roll for $11.00.  Join us after the parade!

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Friday June 28th – CAR SHOW!

Apple Valley Freedom Days

Join us for our 21st annual Dancin’ & Cruzin’ Classic Car & Truck Show. Classic cars are on display Friday June 28th from 5pm – 9pm
Volunteers needed! 

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New Board of Directors sworn in for Post 1776

On 06/18/2019 our new Board of Directors was sworn in. The new Board consists of:

Commander: Dick Tollefson
1st Vice Tim Liffrig
2nd Vice: Rodney Southwick
Adjutant: Gary Odegard
Finance Officer: Gary Odegard
Chaplin: Sue Register
Historian: Gary Shade
Service Officer: TBA
Sergeant at Arms: Jim Thompson

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SAL Board members Honored

Outgoing SAL Commander Bruce Bigler was awarded this very nice plaque for his dedication of Post 1776 and the Mission of the American Legion. The outgoing board members all received similar plaques of recognition.

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Meet the 2019 SAL Board of Directors

The Sons of the American Legion has a new Board of Directors. Sworn in on June 18th.

Outgoing SAL Commander Bruce Bigler swearing in the new board: Commander Kelly Lawler; Treasurer Rick Williams; 1st Vice/Membership Mark Miller; Historian Jake Krejce; 2nd Vice Chad Zuelow; Chaplin Joe Larkin; Sgt of Arms Tim Wehner; Adjutant Gary Seline.

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2019 Memorial Day Post 1776 MN

Despite the weather we had a wonderful Memorial Day Observance ceremony. And quite an emotional one as we remembered those who have gone before us. May God speed.

Because of the weather, the Post moved the ceremony indoors to a packed, standing room only house. Apple Valley City Council member Tom Goodwin who is a Marine (veteran) gave a very moving speech as the featured speaker. And Dick Tollefson our Commander gave an equally moving closing speech.

The ceremony was followed by a nice hot dog/beans & chips $5.00 meal for all in attendance. I want to thank Lloyd Cybart for organizing such a moving event as he has done year after year for the Post. Thank you Lloyd.

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