We had a meal prior to our Monthly (last of Summer four (June, July, August & September) on the 12th. Mark Steele brought in some delicious lasagna and french bread, Ken Brainerd brought in some angel hair cheesy stuff he made out at the Milk House. Not sure what it was but it was pretty good. 19 legionnaires were present. The 50/50 raffle was $34, Barry Linder won it and rather than take his $17 he rolled the whole amount over to the October meeting.
Monthly meeting on the 8th with seventeen members present. It was the third of our four summer cookouts. Travis Lewis had a taco bar and Ken Brainerd had Milk House grown sweet corn. Several canned pickles, homemade salsa as well. Mark Steele brought a sheet cake of brownies (interesting haul on his bike for sure) and Ken Peterson had fresh vegetables from his garden. Mark Steele volunteered for the food for our final cookout in September.
Nine Honor Guard and Carolyn provided honors at St Peter's Lutheran Church for their Independence Day Service.
We lost Legionnaire Larry Wiersema, a thirty two year member. Nine members of the Honor Guard performed military rights. Along with Carolyn performing taps.
Honor Guard performed last rights at the Fulton Marina with 7 present and Carolyn performing taps. Commander Zuidema led the detail and presented the flag. The Carroll County VA Director Wayne Leonard also joined the detail.
17 Legionnaires were at our monthly meeting. It was the second of four cookouts. Ken Brainerd and Travis Lewis volunteered to cook. Ken did all the work, but Travis got a pass since his wife just had their fourth (all boys) child on Wednesday. Mark Steele brought in some excellent brownies (that no doubt his wife made :) Ken Petersen brought in some vegetables from his garden.
It was voted on to take suggestions through the end of September for what to do with the remaining $9,100 of the COVID grant. The money is to be spent on building envelope projects.
NO new projects will be undertaken until the countertop along the west wall is finished.
August meeting is on the 8th with Travis Lewis getting a chance to redeem himself at cooking.
We rent the Post hall as a small venue: 328rental.com $25 an hour. We are currently booked for a rental on the 16th of August with the same outfit (First Mile Development) that rented on the 25th.
Jerry Brearton was awarded the Public Relations/Information Exchange Award at The American Legion Department of Illinois' 103rd Convention held in Springfield IL. The award was presented due to Brearton's continued efforts in keeping the community aware of programs, presence, local activities and promotion of the renovated Post hall rental availability.
Our next major event is the Retired Flag Ceremony at Grove Hill Cemetery on the last Sunday of September (25th)
Saturday the 4th at 9 A.M. - flags were recovered from Grove Hill where they had been planted for Memorial Day in record time and volunteers avoided getting wet by the onset of rain
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
Post 328 celebrated Legionnaire Bob Brands 93rd birthday and The American Legions 104th birthday.
Post Commander Larry Zuidema (left) presented a cake to Bob to commemorate both birthdays. Even at 93, Bob is very active in the Post to include performing at funerals, parades, flag placements (just to mention a few) regardless of the weather.
Dennis VanZuiden is awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
AWARD OF THE MILITARY OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL to Builder First Class (Seabee Combat Warrior) Dennis R. VanZuiden, USN
Wreaths Across America
(L to R) Jerry Brearton, Terry Jones, Bob Brands, Garry Seaman, Ken Petersen and Larry Zuidema presented the colors at the Wreaths Across America ceremony in Albany at Lusk Cemetery. Carolyn played taps.
The American Legion Post 328 in Morrison IL celebrated the Legions 103rd birthday along with Bob Brands 92nd birthday. Brands is very active with the Post, in 2021 he performed in twenty-three funerals and color guard events. That was the most of any Legionnaire and he only missed one due to a prior commitment.
Independence Day (often called the 4th of July, this is the day it is - not the name of the holiday) is more than just a three day weekend full of picnics, boating, get togethers, etc. It is celebrating our independence from Great Britain & the commemoration of the passage of our Declaration of Independence.
We are a proud Volunteer Partner of the SAUK IMPACT PROGRAM
The SVCC Impact Program will harness the collective power of Sauk Valley partners and communities to create an effective, supportive, sustainable path for students to pursue a college education and achieve career success through lifelong learning, public service and economic advancement.
Morrison Lions Club and the American Legion co-sponsor of the overdue upgrade of flags and poles for Morrison's Avenue of Flags. Click here to download a booklet with acknowledges of generous donors and other contributors.
Johannsen and Matlack laid a memorial wreath in front of the pavilion. The Color Guard retired the Colors: left-to-right, Johannsen, VanZuiden, Matlack, and Brackemyer.
Left-to-right are Color Guard Lori Matack, U. S. Coast Guard; Flag Bearers William Brackemyer, U. S. Army, and Amy Johannsen, U. S. Air Force; Color Guard Dennis VanZuiden, U. S. Navy. Bob Brands (92), Ken Petersen (80s) and Jerry Brearton also marched.
Service Officer Korey Zigler presents the Junior High School Patriot Award to Samuel Williams and Sarah Wetzell. In additon to the award, they received $25 from the Post.
Pictured left to right are: Chad Hudson, Bill Brackemyer, Rip (on all fours), Ken Brainerd, Larry Zuidema, Blake Adams, Shane Adams, Barry Linder, Ken Petersen, Rob Hudson, Lindsay Workman, Ken Gooley, Danielle Fulton, Terry Jones, Sarah Stralow and Paige Leighton. Volunteers not pictured are: Brian Bartoz, Jim Bramm, Bob Brands, Jack Brearton, Jerry Brearton, Vern Schroeder and Rick Smith. Additionally, Mrs Donna Geerts and her family continue the tradition set forth by Al Geerts and other Legionnaires of planting about 200 flags in over a dozen rural cemeteries. Many miles are accumulated and some for just a couple of veterans' graves.
Funeral Honors Service
for sixty-two year Legionnaire John Reed in Sterling IL at Oak Knoll cemetery. It was a blustery snowy day for the first Saturday of April 2022
The Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Rock Island is standing with Justine & Brandon Doyle while Brandon is holding their son Rhett. Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Doyle reelisted in the United States Navy under the Full Time Support program. Both Justine & Brandon are Legionnaires of Post 328
Annual Flag Retirement Ceremony
Resolution 440 of the 19th National Legion Convention (adopted in 1937) states (in part) that all unserviceable American Flags which have been used for the decoration of veterans graves on Memorial Day (and other such service) be collected and inspected, worn and unserviceable Flags shall be condemned and properly destroyed of via burning.
Post 328 American Legion in Morrison collects unserviceable flags all year at our Retired Flags Drop Box at 306 E Main St. Other flags such as POW/MIA and state flags may be deposited as well.
The annual ceremony is conducted on the last Sunday in September at 12:30. This year it is on the 26th at Morrison Veterans Memorial Park, 150 E High St (across from Northside School)
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.
The public is invited to attend and may also bring unserviceable flags. While the ceremony isn't lengthy, lawn chairs are encouraged.
The Morrison Legion also sells flags for $20 and will assist in replacing and or installing if needed.
Questions can be directed to the Post at (815) 310-0333 or 328@MorrisonAmericanLegion.org
Meet Copper and his handler LT Cavalos
Copper the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office Therapy Dog will be at the October 2021 meeting for a meet and greet.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - The Honor Guard of the Post will honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This short ceremony will be at the Veteran's Park & Memorial across from Northside School.
Illinois Premier Boys State
Fred Steele, Larry Saling, Ron Wiersema (American Flag), Mike Allen (Legion Flag), Garry Seaman, Terry Jones, Ken Petersen, Jim Prombo, Bob Brands, Jeff Steele, Larry Zuidema, Dennis VanZuiden and Jerry Brearton
DALE R. USTERBOWSKI, 79, of Morrison, IL, died on September 8th, at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at Morrison American Legion Post 328. Memorials have been established to Bethesda Lutheran Church and Morrison American Legion Post 328. Dale was born July 10, 1943, in Chicago, IL, to August and Laura (Kuberski) Usterbowski. He was educated in the Chicago grade schools and graduated from high school in Chicago. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. Dale married Nancy V. Menne on April 20, 1968, in Bartlett, IL. He was a sheet metal worker for 35 years for the Local 73 in Chicago, IL. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. He was also a member of the Morrison American Legion Post 328, where he served as Commander for seven years. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Karen (Mauro) Apostoli of West Chicago, IL and Lisa (Keith) Seyller of Maple Park, IL; one son, Matt (Kristi) Usterbowski of Sophia, NC; seven grandchildren, Evan, Andrew and Alyssa Apostoli, Danielle and Nathan Seyller, Zack and Lukas Usterbowski; one brother, Ralph (Pat) Usterbowski of Johnsburg, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marlene Sinagra, Shirley Sopper and Thelma Nee; two brothers, Kenneth and Norbert Usterbowski.