15 Legionnaires attended the August meeting. Due to the inclement weather, HLM John Martin ordered pizza from Happy Joe's for his cookout meal. Ken Brainerd is cooking for the September meeting which is also our last of the four summer cookouts.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, will make a visit to Rock Falls, from August 31st through September 4th. The wall will be on display at the RB&W District Park located at 201 East 2nd Street. Please contact Rock Falls Tourism at 815-622-1106. OR https://visitrockfalls.com/events/vietnam-memorial-wall-rbw-district OR https://www.facebook.com/events/783503072864414?ref=110 with any questions or to volunteer.
The Rock Island Arsenal is hosting a Military Retiree Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon in Heritage Hall, Building 60. There will be signs leading traffic to the venue. Military Retiree Appreciation Days (RADs) are designed specifically with the military retiree in mind. They are an outstanding source of the most up-to-date information on Tricare, FEDVIP (Federal Dental and Vision Insurance) and to receive legislative updates for retirees and family members. Military Retirees from any branch of service are eligible to attend, along with family members. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The Rock Arsenal Attic will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Rennie Waech, Chairman, Quad Cities Military Retiree Council at 563-508-5123 or email@example.com with questions and to RSVP.
Next event for the Post is our annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on the last Sunday in September, you will hear more about this.
Pages or Sites you should visit:
http://328rental.com to share with your family for friends of our Post for rent
http://328qofh.com Our Queen of Hearts (QofH) Raffle page with real time updates
https://venmo.com/Heros-QofH Venmo to purchase QofH tickets, pays dues, pay rental deposits or fees, etc
Had 17 Legionnaires at the meeting. It was the 1st of 4 summer cookouts. Ken Petersen, Ken Brainerd & Jerry Brearton took care of the food along with a lot of other stuff that was brought in. Had more food than needed but it was all good.
Flag retrieval from veterans graves at Grove Hill is this Saturday the 3rd at 9 AM. Volunteers are appreciated.
Funeral for Bobby Frederick is on Sunday the 4th at 12:30 at Grove Hill.
Thirteen members at the meeting.
The Funeral Honor Guard performed a service at Bosma-Renkes for Sparky Forster and John Rollard, Sr on seperate days.
An abbreviated Funeral Honor Guard performed a service at Bosma-Renkes (Fulton Chapel) for Bob Jackson. Abbreviated because a good number of the Honor Guard were planting flags at Grove Hill Cemetery.
Forty-Three volunteers from the Legion Post, Morrison High School, Sauk Valley CC Impact Program, Scouts (and parents), Civil Air Patrol and Citizens volunteered to plant close to 1,100 flags on Veterans graves at the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison: Eric Anderson, Linda Lee Anderson, Elliott Armstrong, Oliver Armstrong, Jemma Baldwin, Jessica Baldwin, Xavier Baldwin, Brian Bartoz, Ashley Belha, Bob Belha, Tom Belha, Anna Blevins, Hillary Blevins, Isaac Blevins, Marshall Blevins, Bill Brackemyer, Calem Bramm, Jim Bramm, Jack Brearton, Jerry Brearton, Jeramiah Callam, Adam Cossman, Christoper Cossman, Chelsey Cummings, Karen Icenogle, Noah Icenogle, Terry Jones, Barry Linder, Cheyenne Murillo, Ivern Murillo, Amaiyuki Perez, Ken Petersen, Ethan Richards, Lillian Richards, Vern Schroeder, Rick Smith, Mark Steele, Reagan Terry, August Ufkin, Stephanie Vavra, Shelby Veltrop (Legion Post Scholarship Winner), Alexander Westin and Korey Zigler.
Sgt-at-Arms Brearton presented the Legion Scholarship to 2023 graduated Erika King ($1,000 - 1st half - 2nd half will be presented once she assists with planting flags) and Shelby Veltrop ($500)
Service Officer (Adjutant in training) Zigler presented the Jr High Patriotic Award to Joshua McDearmon (boy) & Zayley Boonstra (girl) along with a $50 gift.
Memorial Day and Weekend were very busy as always. Stations were manned with Poppies accepting donations on Friday and Saturday. The parade kicked off on time at 10:30 with Bill Brackemyer, Bob Brands, Jerry Brearton, Amy Johannsen and Ken Petersen marching as the Color Guard. Several veterans rode the two hay racks pulled by Dave Damhoff. Commander Larry Zuidema presented an award to Mark Schuler for his years of driving in the parade with his antique Dodge and the Mayor in back. Wes Haan was the keynote speaker and gave a very moving speech about the Gold Star program and several personal stories of the Haan family and the losses that they have suffered.
June monthly meeting is at 19:00 on the 12th with a cookout prior. We will also celebrate the Army’s 248th Birthday and Flag Day.
Monthly meeting had 10 Legionnaires present. A little light but four of the Officers had excuses. The election took place and was adjudicated. A hard copy of the Post Schedule and the Post Officer / Committee members was mailed out to all members.
The Funeral Honors Team performed at three funerals this month:
Bob Vess an Army Veteran was buried in Albany
Ernie Carroll, a Vietnam Army Veteran and one of our own members had a small service at Grove Hill. His granddaughter (who worked with the Sgt-at-Arms to coordinate the event) made this comment "Yes it was so great! My grandmother loved it so much. Thank you so much. We are so appreciative of you all!!!"
Legionnaire Clayton Pearson, a nineteen year member died on the 21st of April. The Funeral Honors Team performed a service for him at Oak Knoll Cemetery (north of Sterling on 40) on the 27th.
Our May meeting is at 7 P.M on the 8th and then we commence our busiest month of the year. Any and all participation and help is appreciated. See the schedule you received via the U.S. Mail.
On March 9th we had a post on our Facebook page about needing members. Since that post we have lossed five members and gained one. We are heading in the wrong direction and have been for a long time. I am aware that every organization from clubs to churches are facing similar problems. Please be a recruiter to stave off the inevitable as long as possible.
Websites you should be familiar with:
Tablet inscriptions & Morrison Veterans Park & Memorial: http://morrison.vet/
January Monthly Meeting on the 9th with 14 Legionnaires present. Following the meeting we had cake and ice cream for Fred Steele's birthday. Fred is 96 years old and has 78 continuous years with the American Legion. If you are interested in sending something to Fred, his address is 403 Scenic St, Morrison, IL 61270-9290
Monthly regular meeting held on the 10th with 12 members present. Following the meeting we had some brownies to go along with some left over ice cream from our ice cream social.