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Welcome to the internet home of the Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 of Fargo, North Dakota.  Here, you will find all the latest information on the happenings of Post 2.  The post is alive and well and contributing to the community!

The James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

 

Congratulations to Post 2 Vice Commander David Johnson on the occasion of receiving the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award. The award, given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), was presented by Delton Steele, the North Dakota State Chair of ESGR, on May 14th. Recipients of this award are ESGR volunteers nominated by their respective ESGR State Committee Chairs for their exceptional contributions to ESGR’s mission over a sustained period of time.

The Roche award is named for James M. Roche, who served several years as the ESGR National Chair after retiring as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board at General Motors Corporation, and other senior leadership roles at PepsiCo, Jack Eckerd Corporation, and the New York Stock Exchange. A past quote attributed Roche reads: "Anybody who achieves a top position in an organization owes a debt of some kind. If you have a talent and you have your health, you should help others."

Congratulations, Dave!

Mask Making Workshop for Veterans

 

A free mask-making workshop for veterans is being offered in partnership between The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and the Fargo VA on Wednesday, May 26th from 1-4 p.m. at the Fargo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The masks created will be included in an exhibition at the Hjemkomst Center to open October 6th and run through March 6, 2022.

Called Warriors in the North, this project is supported in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The mask-making program was originally developed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Soldiers returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The workshop process was featured in the February 2015 issue of “National Geographic Magazine.” A website that features some of the masks that have been made, and some of the Soldiers who made them, can be found at www.nationalgeographic.com/healing-soldiers/.

Veterans interested in taking part should call Dr. Margo Norton of the Fargo Veterans Affairs Medical Center at (701) 239-3700, ext. 3150, or email her at margo.norton@va.gov.

American Legion Post 2  Honors 50, 70, and 75 Year Members

              

American Legion Post 2 honored members of their Post who have been continuous members of the organization for 50, 70, and 75 consecutive years in membership year 2021.  The awards were presented during their May Post Meeting.

 

Post 2 members who as of the 2021 membership year reached their 50, 70, or 75 year landmark were honored with a certificate.  Award recipients included the following Post 2 members: 50 Year Members- Peter Bilstad, Lee Graf, Robert Gross, Ken Jensen, David Lee, Larry Lein, Dale Lundeen, Gerald Maczkowicz, Dennis Resendahl, Raymond Svobodny, Mervyn Tvinnereim, Howard Zinck; 70 Year Members- Edwin Hafner, Donald Schur; 75 Year Members- George Bogan, Frederick Quam

St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

Thanks to the American Legion Post 2 Color Guard for their participation in the 2021 St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 20th!

The Impact of an American Legion Service Officer

 

Watch this wonderful video about how an American Legion Service Officer can help veterans!  This story is about Courtney VanZanten, the service officer for The American Legion Department of South Dakota.

Post 2 at the Derby for Vets
 
Commander Larry Lein represented Post 2 at the the 9th annual Derby for the Vets at the VFW in downtown Fargo on Saturday, February 14th.  All proceeds from the event went towards to supporting veterans!
 
Post 2's entry raced in the Commander's Cup class.  The car was designed by Thomas Kraushaar, son of Post 2 member Virginia Kraushaar.
 
Thanks to everyone from Post 2 who came out to support this wonderful event!

The Fargo Vet Center

 

The Fargo Vet Center is a fantastic resource for veterans in the Fargo-Moorhead area.  Above is a brief summary of services that the Fargo Vet Center provides and some answers to frequently asked questions.  To learn more about what the Fargo Vet Center can do for you, contact them at:

 

Fargo Vet Center

5622 34th Avenue South

Fargo, North Dakota 58104

(701) 237-0942

Post 2 Member in The American Legion Magazine...

 

This was pretty sweet!
 
Post 2 member Amy Wieser Willson, who serves as the head of the Department of North Dakota Social Media Program, got a nod and shout out in the February 2021 issue of The American Legion magazine!  You can find it on page 10 in the Community, State & Nation section of the magazine!

In-Person Post Meetings Have Resumed

 

Our in-person Post Meetings have resumed as of the start of the new year.  Be sure to mark your calendars- we meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the basement meeting room of the VFW (201 Broadway) in downtown Fargo.
 
Our next meeting will take place on March 2nd.
 
Thanks to everyone who came out for the February Post Meeting!

Congratulations!

 

Congratulations to Jacob Schulz, the winner of the Department of North Dakota American Legion Oratorical Contest!  Jacob competed in the Department competition in Dickinson on January 30th.  

 

We wish Jacob, who is representing Post 2, the best of luck as he moves on to the National Finals in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The competition is scheduled to take place April 9-11, 2021.  

Supporting Service Members at Christmastime

 

Working with Jason Hicks (Commander, United Patriotic Bodies) and Chris Deery (Cass County Veterans Officer), Post 2 Second Vice Commander Dave Johnston helped deliver Christmas dinner to a Sailor at the Fargo Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) just prior to the holiday.
 
Thanks to Dave for his efforts to ensure that our service members are taken care of during the holidays!

Oratorical Competition Winner!

 

Congratulations to Jacob Schulz, the winner of the American Legion First District Oratorical Competition!  Jacob is a home schooled student and represented Post 2 at the event on December 19th.  He moves on next to the East Region Competition in Park River on January 16th.  We wish Jacob the best as he moves forward!

Wreaths Across America at Fargo National Cemetery

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the National Wreaths Across America Day on Saturday, December 19th at the Fargo National Cemetery.  A total of 280 wreaths were laid at the cemetery that morning.

Congratulations!

 

Congratulations to Post 2 Second Vice Commander, Dave Johnston, on the occasion of him receiving the SSgt. Andrew P. Nelson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service at the Scouts of America Northern Lights Council's second annual Heroes and Leaders Gala on December 10th.  The award recognizes "every day heroes who quietly make a difference in our community in the way that we work, volunteer, and make life better for others."  Dave was one of five recipients of the award this year.

Finance Officer

 

American Legion Post 2 is in search of a Legionnaire who would be interested in stepping up and raising their hand to serve as the Finance Officer of the Post.  While some experience in finance or accounting is helpful, it is not required to serve in this position.

 

We thank Tom Tolman for his decade of work as our Post Finance Officer and wish him a continued speedy recovery as he rehabs from recent medical issues.  Tom worked tirelessly for many years for Post 2 and we are all appreciative for all that he has done for the organization.

 

In accordance with the 2020 American Legion Officer’s Guide:

 

The finance officer should be honest and have experience in handling financial affairs.  The post depends on fiduciary integrity and should acquire expert advice in formulating and administering its financial policy.

 

The finance officer usually serves as the chair of the finance committee and is in charge of all receiving and disbursing of post funds.  The post adjutant, in all matters relating to finance, should carry on the work in close correlation with the finance officer.  Both officers must be covered by adequate bond.  Department headquarters should be consulted for potential blanket bond arrangements.  Post accounting forms assist in meeting the requirements of American Legion posts in maintaining a correct and permanent membership and finance record.  No special knowledge of bookkeeping or accounting is required.

 

Be prompt in remitting national and department per capita fees and cards to department headquarters.  It is essential the finance officer maintain accurate financial records for all post operations and activities.

 

To inquire about interest in becoming the Finance Officer of Post 2, please contact Commander Lein at (701) 232-0758.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

 

Members of the American Legion volunteered on November 30th to ring the bells to raise money for the Fargo Salvation Army during the holiday season!  American Legion Post 2 collected $2,352.55 while ringing bells from noon until 8:00 p.m. that day!

 

Thanks to the following Legionnaires for their time: Christopher Hanson (Adjutant, Post 2 of Fargo), Mike Haugen (Post 2 of Fargo), Dave Johnston (Second Vice Commander, Post 2 of Fargo), Cathy Keogh (First Vice Commander, Post 2 of Fargo), Larry Lein (Commander, Post 2 of Fargo), Dave Rice (Post 297 of Harwood), David Somdahl (Post 21 of Moorhead), and Wayne Wermager (Chaplain, Post 2 of Fargo).

 

And a special thank you to the coordinator of the event, Post 2 Second Vice Commander David Johnston!

American Legion 100 Miles for Hope

 

Commander Larry Lein, First Vice Commander Cathy Keogh, and Second Vice Commander Dave Johnston proudly participated in the American Legion 100 Miles for Hope virtual 100-mile walk event!  CLICK HERE to learn more about this wonderful event that supports the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation!

Congratulations!

 

Congratulations to Post 2 First Vice Commander Cathy Holm Keogh on the occasion of being awarded the 2020 Sanford Veteran Employee of the Year! Pictured with Cathy is fellow Sanford employee and current member of the North Dakota Army National Guard Master Sgt. Bradley Reed.

David Johnston Receives an Award

 

Congratulations to Post 2 Second Vice Commander and Retired Navy Capt. Dave Johnston on the occasion of receiving the Seven Seals Award on June 23rd by the North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for his 16 years of service to the ND ESGR committee, working with service members, veterans and employers.  CLICK HERE to read more in an article in The Minot Daily News.

Twenty members of Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 have been recognized for their consecutive years of membership with the American Legion, the largest veterans service organization in the nation.  Members who reached milestone years of consecutive years of membership were awarded certificates for their faithful service to the organization.  Milestone years for receiving this award were 50, 60, 70, and 75 years of membership through the year 2020.

 

Normally these awards would be presented in-person during an American Legion Post Meeting.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity to do so unfortunately became impossible this year.

 

Those receiving awards include the following: David Carlson (50), James Dixon (70), J. Dura (50), Albert Fillner (70), James Frank (50), Charles Gast (60), John Jensen (75), Leonard Kirkhoff (75), John Larsen (60), Chester Larson (75), Warren Opperman (60), Glenn Paulson (70), Raymond Peterson (50), Monte Routledge (50), Harold Schmunk (50), Benton Strand (50), and E. Surerus (50), all from Fargo.  Also receiving awards were: Russell Kvanvig of Twin Falls, ID (50), Dean Saewert of Casselton (50),  and Duane Vandame of Bismarck (50).

 

It is the dedication of members such as these Legionnaires that the American Legion has built their reputation for supporting the four pillars of the organization: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation.  It is with that strong support that the American Legion has continued to progress for over 100 years.

 

On behalf of Commander Larry Lein and all of the officers of American Legion Post 2, we congratulate these twenty members for their continuous service to the organization.  We also congratulate and thank all of our other longtime members of the Post for their continuous support throughout the years.

New York Legion Post Feeding Thousands
 
American Legion Post 483's food pantry and delivery service is among the multitude of ways Legion Family members continue to assist others during the coronavirus pandemic.  CLICK HERE to read more!

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Legionnaires Leading Coronavirus Coping Efforts
 
American Legion posts are performing Buddy Checks to ensure fellow veterans are OK, while others are providing assistance in other ways.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Thank You!

 

We had a great time at our March Post Meeting!  In addition to reconnecting with several members who hadn't attended a meeting in anywhere between 5-25 years, we also signed up 2 new members!

 

Also, we presented a donation to Scout Troop 244 for a new tent for their future camping excursions and we heard from new Cass County VSO Christopher Deery.

 

Thanks to Commander Larry Lein, First Vice Commander Cathy Keogh, Second Vice Commander David Johnston, Adjutant Christopher Hanson, Finance Officer Tom Tolman, and Executive Board Member Michele Olson for providing food and drink for the meeting!

 

It was a great night for Post 2! Thanks to everyone who attended!

9/11 Post Namesake Inspires Texas Post
 
In just six years, Post 178 of Texas has grown to more than 500 members, launched successful Americanism programs and served its community in Frisco.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Portraits of Veterans in America Project

 

Thank you to our very own Post 2 member, Jeff Hett, who provided us with a very interesting program at our February Post Meeting!  Jeff spoke to us about his experiences being a part of the "WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America" project.  He brought in a copy of print that was painted of him for the project and also shared a copy of the actual book with us.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about this project.  The website belongs to the artist who painted all of the picutres, Mary Whyte.

 

Thank you to Jeff for this awesome presentation!

Thank You!

 

Thank you to Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Gietzen who gave us a wonderful presentation on his Annual Training experience with the North Dakota Army National Guard overseas in Romania this past summer. Command Sgt. Maj. Gietzen is the Senior Enlisted Leader of the 231st Brigade Support Battalion in Valley City.  The 231st BSB took part in the training exercise with their upper command, the 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  Thanks to Command Sgt. Maj. Gietzen for an in-depth and incredibly interesting presentation at our January Post Meeting!

Thank You!

 

Thank you so much to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 2 and their leader, President Shauna Dubuque for a wonderful Christmas Party on Monday, December 9th!  Also, thank you to the The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band, Inc. and their conductor, Bernard McKigney for their great concert!  It was a wonderful night for all in attendance!

Post 2 Represented at Naval Reserve Event

 

Thanks to Cathy Keogh and David Johnston for their presence at the Naval Reserve Family Support Weekend on Sunday, November 17th!  Cathy was representing the American Legion Post 2 and David was representing the North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Veterans Day - Thank You!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to the American Legion Post 2 Veterans Day Stew Feed and Concert at the El Zagal Shrine!  We had a great concert by The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band, Inc. and stew made and served by Post 2 and Unit 2 was enjoyed by nearly 175 people!  And thanks to the American Heritage Girls of Fargo for their help as well!  And of course, thanks to all the Legion and Auxiliary members who helped prepare and serve the stew!

 

It was a great day to celebrate our veterans!

Thanks!

 

Thanks to Calie Lindseth (Women Veterans Coordinator, North Dakota Veterans Affairs) and Summer Kristianson (Department of North Dakota American Legion Service Officer) for visiting with us at our November Post Meeting!  Both Calie and Summer work at the Fargo VA Regional Office.

Genetic Testing Free for Veterans

 

To thank you for your service to our country, Sanford Health patients who are current or past U.S. military service members are invited to complete Sanford Chip testing for free. This offer is made possible through a generous donation by philanthropist Denny Sanford.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

Boys and Girls State Attendees Give Testimonials!

 

Thank you to all of the young men and women who attended American Legion North Dakota Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary North Dakota Girls State representing Post and Unit 2 this past summer!  We were excited to host one of each during our October Post Meeting as they gave testimonials about their experiences!

 

Thanks to Christopher Wagner and Sara Smith for being present to speak about their experiences!

Congratulations to Post 2 on an Outstanding Season!

 

Our Fargo Post 2 Legion Baseball team played an outstanding and historic season of baseball this year, and we're so very proud of their hard work, dedication, and love of the game.  It was apparent to all who watched that Post 2 Baseball is a classy, talented, and incredible ball club from the players to the coaches to the organizational staff and higher.

 

Congratulations on an excellent season of baseball, we can't wait to see what's in store in the future!

Congress Approves the Legion Act

 

The Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act fills in the gaps of war eras and redefines The American Legion’s membership eligibility dates.  CLICK HERE to learn more about this great legislation!

Family, Fun and Camaraderie Fulfill Legion Post’s Vision

 

Vista Post 365 in California hosts first Legion Family Play Day as community members, families and Legion Family enjoy karaoke, games and more.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

American Legion Post 2 Centennial Celebration May 21, 2019

Boys Nation Changed His Life

 

2009 Boys Nation President Chris Andrews looks back at how the program shaped who he is today.  CLICK HERE to continue reading.

Reistad to Congress: Join Legion’s Mission to Make a Better America

 

American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad testified before a joint session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans' Affairs.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Mint Hosts First Strike of American Legion Commemorative Coin

 

Sales begin March 14, with proceeds benefiting American Legion programs and services.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

Veterans Day Thanks!

 

Thank you to everyone who helped us with the Veterans Day Stew Feed!  We served around 150 people who enjoyed conversation, a meal, and a patriotic concert!

 

Thanks to all of the Legion and Auxiliary members who helped prep and cook the stew!  And thanks to everyone who helped with serving the stew, helped with setup and teardown of the rooms, and helped with cleanup of the kitchen.

 

Thanks to the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band for a wonderful concert!

 

Thanks to Ameriacn Heritage Girls for aiding with bussing tables, working on the serving line, and taking care of coffee and water refills.

 

And thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the afternoon with us!

Congratulations!

 

Congratulations to Brad Aune, member of Post 2, on the occasion of his appointment to the American Legion Veterans Employment and Education Council!  Brad has accepted this invitation which was issued on behalf of National Commander Brett Reistad by the National Executive Committee of the American Legion!  

 

Brad currently serves on the Executive Board of Post 2 and is a two-time Past Commander of Post 2.

October Post Meeting

 

Thank you to Dan Thorstad, Cass County Veterans Service Officer, for speaking to us at our October Post Meeting on all things veteran related!  And thank you to Ross Dent of West Fargo High School and Daniel Wanner of Shanley High School for speaking at the meeting about their experiences at Boy's State this past summer!

"Flag and Officer Down" Campaign

 

Thank you to Officer Michael Clower, Fargo Police Department, for being our guest at our September Post Meeting. Officer Clower dropped off nearly 50 American flags which will be retired on a later date. The flags were dropped off with Fargo Police Department officers during a month-long campaign earlier this summer called "Flag an Officer Down".

 

The program offered a way for Fargo citizens to retire their worn or frayed American flags in a proper way. The Fargo Police Department accepted flags from May 16th to June 14th. People simply “flagged down an officer” and gave them the flags, or they brought them in to the Fargo Police Department.

 

Thank you to the Fargo Police Department for putting on this wonderful campaign! And thank you to Officer Clower for coming by our meeting and speaking with us!

New National Commander

 

New American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad recently ushered in a 15-month celebration of the American Legion's centennial.  CLICK HERE to read more! 

American Legion Post 2 was proud to host the 100th Annual Department Convention from June 20-24, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Fargo!  Thanks to everyone from Post 2 who volunteered to help out at the Convention!

Post Everlasting Ceremony - June 5th

 

On June 5th, Post 2 conducted their annual Post Everlasting Ceremony, a short memorial service to recognize and remember all of our Post 2 member that we have lost over the past year.  Commander Sylvan Melroe conducted the ceremony with the aid of Adjutant Christopher Hanson and Second Vice Commander David Johnston.

 

The following Comrades have been transferred to the jurisdiction of the Post Everlasting of The American Legion:

Vernon L. Arnstad, John E. Beaton, Lloyd R. Boldt, Wayne J. Colberg, Merle W. Gullekson, Algert C. Krieger, Robert M. Lingquist, Thomas J. McNesse, Arlyn Mogck, Juel E. Mueller, Gary Nelson, Raymond Schaffer, Edward A. Skroch, Lloyd O. Thompson, and Donald Wold.

 

May their souls rest in peace.

Long Term Direction of VA Still Uncertain

 

The American Legion counts 17 major issues that remain unaddressed in the absence of competent leadership at the head of the VA.  CLICK HERE to read more.

50 and 60 Year Member Awards Ceremony

 

Congratulations to our 50 and 60 year members of the American Legion! On May 1st, we honored members of Post 2 who hit their landmark years of 50 and 60 years of continuous membership with the American Legion!
 
In attendance to accept their awards were the following: Robert J. Alin of Fargo (60), Duwayne L. Engness of West Fargo (60), James A. Flaig of Fargo (50), Virgil Hilborn of Fargo (50), Kenneth B. Nelson of Fargo (50), Raymond F. Peda of Fargo (50), Dwight S. Radcliffe of Fargo (50), Marlyn D. Wegge of Moorhead, MN (60), and Donald C. Wold of Moorhead, MN (50).
 
Those unable to attend included the following: Delano R. Arneson of Fargo (50), Hilton A. Barnes, Jr. of Fargo (50), William L. Barnick of Fargo (50), Gerald D. Bittner of Esko, MN (50), Michael G. Clark of Lacey, WA (50), Russell F. Freeman of Detroit Lakes, MN (50), Harlan E. Heinrich of Green Bay, WI (50), George L. Kelly of Sun City West, AZ (50), Gary O. Lunde of Twin Valley, MN (50), Benny J. Paul of Detroit Lakes, MN (60), Roger B. Quast of Fargo (60), Paul C. Rudh of Fargo (60), Gregory J. Selzer of Fort Worth, TX (50), and Wayne O. Solberg of Fargo (50).
 
Congratulations to these outstanding American Legion Post 2 members!

Veterans Club Opens in the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo

 

Sanford Health unveiled a beautiful Veterans Club at their medical center in Fargo earlier this week.  The club gives military veterans and their families a dedicated place to grab a cup of coffee and meet others who have served their country.

 

The club is part of the organization’s efforts to streamline and add resources for veterans, military personnel and their families.

 

In addition to providing a space to relax or talk with fellow veterans between appointments, the club has coffee and water, guest computer access and a lounge area with a game table and TV.

 

CLICK HERE for the full story and to check out more photos of the Veterans Club at Sanford Health!

Congratulations to Job Service North Dakota on the occasion of them receiving the ESGR Seven Seals Award!  Thank you for everything you do for our veterans!

USDA Announces $8.4 Million to Veterans and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

 

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE) recently announced up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program).

African-American War Heroes Through All of America’s Conflicts

 

February is African American History Month.  CLICK HERE to read about some of the Medals of Honor and other heroes from America’s history.

Olympians' Military Background Gives Them an Edge

 

Soldiers will represent the United States on bobsled and luge teams in Winter Olympics.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Boys State Participants Visit Post 2

 

During the American Legion Post 2 December Post Meeting, Post members were pleased to welcome three Boys State participants and their families.  The three young men, all sponsored by American Legion Post 2, attended Boys State in Wahpeton this past summer in June of 2017.

 

After being introduced by Wayne Wermager, Post 2 Chaplain and Boys State Representative, all three boys visited about their experience at Boys State.

 

Thank you to Jack Berg (son of Rick Berg), Cameron Knoll (son of Ron Knoll), and Ryan Ferguson (son of Mark Ferguson) for sharing your experiences with us!  And thank you for representing American Legion Post 2 at Boys State 2017!     

US to ISIS: 'Surrender or Die'
 
Pentagon’s senior enlisted servicemember issued a blunt warning to Islamic State fighters, saying they could either surrender or face death in a number of ways.​  CLICK HERE to read more.
The ‘Best Kind of Handshake’ for Young Veterans
 
Student Veterans of America members met in San Antonio to network and share in The American Legion’s tribute to the GI Bill.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Veterans Day

 

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Veterans Day Stew Feed at the Fargo Civic Center a success! 

 

Thanks to the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band for a wonderful concert!

 

Thanks to the American Heritage Girls for the baked goods, the blankets, and all of their hard work helping with the event!

 

And thanks to everyone who celebrated Veterans Day with us!  We appreciate it very much!

The 164th Infantry Regiment World War II Memorial Rededicated on Flag Day

 

American Legion Post 2 performed a rededication ceremony for the 164th Infantry Regiment World War II Memorial on Flag Day at Lindenwood Park.  Post 2 Commander, Christopher Hanson of Fargo officiated over the ceremony.  The event featured remarks by Dave Piepkorn (Fargo City Commissioner), Sylvan Melroe (Memorial Relocation Lead), Joel Vettel (Fargo Parks Director), and Vern Fetch (President of the 164th Infantry Association).  Speeches were followed by a rededication of the monument and honors to all 164th Infantry Soldiers who have passed over the years.

 

The 164th Infantry Monument was originally erected on the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street in Fargo on a plot provided by Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2, in front of their building in downtown Fargo.  The granite monument recognized 216 men who were called to active duty in 1941.  The men were assigned to Bravo Company and Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 164th Infantry Regiment, North Dakota National Guard.  During over four and a half years of activation, these Soldiers proved that on the fields of international conflict, a citizen Soldier could excel and could meet the best the enemy had to offer and could prevail.  They served North Dakota and the United States with distinction and honor.  And they provided North Dakota and its military with an unequaled record of accomplishment.

 

The 164th Infantry Regiment was an outstanding military organization that accumulated over 600 days of jungle combat in numerous locations and battles, most notably Guadalcanal in October of 1942.  Among their many decorations were five Distinguished Service Crosses and a Navy Cross.  They suffered an astounding 50% casualty rate including 325 who did not return.

 

The monument was originally dedicated by Major General Alexander P. McDonald, the North Dakota Adjutant General at that time, on October 24th of 1987.  The monument served as a reminder to the community of the young men who assembled in North Dakota on a cold February of 1941 and set off to serve in World War II.

 

After nearly 30 years calling the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street its home, a decision to move the monument was made.  Post 2 had sold their downtown building and was in the process of moving to their new home.  The choice was made to seek out a new appropriate home where all could continue to view and admire this beautiful monument.  Under the supervision of Adjutant Sylvan Melroe and with the cooperation of Fargo Parks, arrangements were made and agreed upon to move the monument to Lindenwood Park.  And through generous donations by L. Gnoinsky Concrete/Construction, Inc. Aggregate Industries of Fargo-Moorhead, and Dakota Moument Company with cooperation and coordination with the Fargo Park District, the monument was removed from downtown, given a good cleaning, and placed at Lindenwood Park in early November of 2016.

News

June Post Meeting

 

Please join us for our June Post Meeting taking place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1st.  During our June meeting, in addition to regular business, we will also be conduct our Post Everlasting Ceremony.  At the end of the meeting, Department Adjutant Ron Matthews will be present to install our 2021-2022 officers.
 
Our meetings take place in the basement meeting room of the Fargo VFW located at 201 Broadway, Fargo.
 
We hope to see you on Tuesday!

100 Miles for Hope

 

CLICK HERE to read a message from National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford regarding the 100 Miles for Hope.

More Ways to Help Disabled Veterans, Families in Need

 

The American Legion has expanded the ways in which participants in the second annual 100 Miles for Hope can support disabled veterans and military families in need.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

American Legion Posts 'Saving Lives' Through Vaccine Efforts

 

American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 in Jamestown, NY already had a strong relationship with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) prior to the coronavirus pandemic.  But both entities recently expanded that relationship in an effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccines out to area veterans.

 

CLICK HERE to read more!

Thank You!

 

Thank you to District 1 Commander Ben Bush of Harwood for stopping by our Post Meeting in March!  We appreciate your time and are glad to have you as our leader of our area district!

100 Miles for Hope

 

Be a part of the 2021 100 Miles for Hope to raise funds and awareness for the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF).  CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can participate!

What to know about the virtual Washington Conference

 

This year’s American Legion Washington Conference will be virtual, due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic.  However, the conference, which is from March 1 to 4, has a packed agenda and technology allows Legionnaires to participate from wherever they may be.

 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference.

From the National Commander

 

CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford.

What Veterans Need to Know About Getting the Vaccine from the VA

 

As an influx of veterans are seeking the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines.  CLICK HERE to read more.

‘We Must End This Uncivil War,’ President Biden Says

 

Just before noon on January 20th, Joe Biden took the oath of office of as the 46th President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States.  CLICK HERE to read more.

American Legion Condemns Violence in U.S. Capitol

 

American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford unequivocally condemned the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Auxiliary Fundraier!

 

Unit 2, American Legion Auxiliary of Fargo is once again selling the The Preferred Savings Guide coupon books as a fundraiser for their organization!  The Preferred Savings Guide coupon book is the top coupon and savings guide in the FM area featuring 130 merchants with 275 coupons!
 
CLICK HERE to purchase your coupon book online or CLICK HERE to e-mail the Post Adjutant and he will put you in touch with a member of the Unit 2 Auxiliary right away!

Post 2 Winter Newsletter

 

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Post 2 Winter Newsletter.  A hard copy will be arriving in the mail to you shortly!

National Commander: The VA Must be Held Accountable

 

In February, American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford called on Congress to investigate allegations that senior leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs attempted to retaliate against a veteran for reporting a sexual assault at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  On Dec. 10, the VA’s Inspector General reported that VA leadership did not follow up or ensure the medical center had been implementing VA’s anti-harassment and anti-sexual assault efforts.

 

CLICK HERE to read a statement on the matter from our National Commander.

Bismarck Legion Post Doesn't Let COVID-19 Halt Tradition of Assisting Others

 

Since 1930, Loyd Spetz American Legion Post 1 in Bismarck has led a community effort to provide food and clothing to area families in need during the holiday season.  And COVID-19 wasn't going to stop that tradition in 2020.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccines

 

The VA is working hard to get COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as quickly and safely as possible.  CLICK HERE to sign up and help them understand your interest in getting a vaccine when one is available to you.  They’ll send you updates on how they’re providing vaccines across the country - and when you can get your vaccine if you want one.

Suicide Prevention for Veterans and Military Service Members Information

 

Suicide is a very serious subject with our veterans and our currently serving service members. Please take some time to learn how to recognize when veterans are in distress and how to react and help if they are in trouble.
 
Here are some helpful web links to help you learn more:
 
 
 
The Veterans Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day to those who are in need of help. Dial 800-273-8255, then select 1.
 
For more information, please contact Fargo VA Suicide Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist Nicole Veselka, BSN, RN at (701) 239-3700, ext. 3370.
Legion Family Stands Ready to Help as Natural Disasters Progress

 

The American Legion's National Emergency Fund is one way the organization can help those impacted by natural disasters.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Legionnaire on Vanessa Guillén: 'Enough is Enough'
 
American Legion Rider Jay Gonzales, herself a victim of sexual assault while in the Army, hopes the Guillén case leads to changes in the handling of military sexual trauma cases.  CLICK HERE to read more.
'We Have a Responsibility to the Community'

 

A San Diego American Legion post is helping distribute more than 5,000 free meals a week and offering up Saturday food distributions, another way Legion Family members continue to serve during COVID-19.  CLICK HERE to read more!

American Legion COVID-19 Impact Survey Findings

 

An American Legion COVID-19 survey reveals concerns over health, well-being and economy.  CLICK HERE to read more on the findings.

'It’s the Reason Why We Became Legionnaires'
 
Another week, another group of examples of American Legion Family members delivering assistance during the coronavirus pandemic in our nation.  CLICK HERE to read more!

COVID-19 Doesn't Stop the Legion Family from Celebrating Memorial Day

 

Using virtual ceremonies, socially distanced processions and other ways, American Legion Family members across the nation provided their communities with Memorial Day observations.  CLICK HERE to read more!

American Legion Family Members Continue to Assist Others During Difficult Times
 
Virtual Buddy Checks, food drives, creating protective masks and supporting health-care workers are among the ways the Legion Family is shining amidst COVID-19.  CLICK HERE to read more!
We're All in this Together
 
American Legion Family-led food distribution efforts in Arizona and Utah are among the many ways volunteers across the nation continue with coronavirus relief efforts.  CLICK HERE to read more.
COVID-19 Not Stopping Legion Posts from Checking Up, Helping Out
 
American Legion posts across the nation are performing Buddy Checks on fellow veterans, assisting those in need in their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.  CLICK HERE to read more.

A Message from the National Commander

 

CLICK HERE to read an urgent message regarding the Coronavirus from our National Commander, James W. "Bill" Oxford.

Oxford Presents American Legion Legislative Agenda to Congress
 
National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford presented a three-step mission to lawmakers during a joint session of the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs March 11th.  CLICK HERE to read more.
'I Am My Brother’s and My Sister’s Keeper'
 
Maine Post 202's sixth annual Winter Classic brings in more than $4,500 to help homeless veterans in the state.  CLICK HERE to read more.
Legionnaire Buddies Walk 2,462 Miles to Support Veterans
 
American Legion posts are supporting the Buddy Watch Walk duo as they raise awareness about PTSD, homelessness, MST and suicide.  CLICK HERE to read more!
Medal of Honor Recipient Faces Cancer Battle
 
Staff Sgt. Ronald Shurer, 41 years old, is now fighting on different terrain than the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan, and against a different enemy than the battle-hardened insurgents of that remote region.  CLICK HERE to read more.
Puerto Rico Legionnaire: ‘All They Have is Each Other’

 

National Commander Oxford urges American Legion Family to 'provide support for those in need' following earthquake and frequent aftershocks that have plagued Puerto Rico over the last month.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Veterans Expo Shows Somebody Cares
 
Kentucky's District 9 brings together dozens of veterans agencies, service organizations to provide assistance to nearly 50 veterans.  CLICK HERE to read more!
The Legion Family Spirit of Giving
 
American Legion Posts and Legion Family members are providing special Christmas and holiday events for those in their communities around the nation.  CLICK HERE to read more!
National Commander Oxford Attends Dignified Transfer of Korean Unknowns
 
The American Legion National Commander saluted the caskets of seven remains of U.S. servicemembers from the Korean War that were disinterred last month in Hawaii.  CLICK HERE to read more.
'An Act of Faith and Kindness': How Buddy Checks Make a Difference

 

Legionnaires reach out to fellow veterans around Veterans Day and create programs to ensure effort is ongoing.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

American Legion Survey Reveals Mental Care Disconnect
 
Over 30 percent of respondents to a recent American Legion survey said they personally knew a veteran who committed suicide.  CLICK HERE to read more.

National Commander Fundraising Efforts

 

American Legion National Commander James "Bill" Oxford shared during Fall Meetings his focus now, the centennial coins, and his shift at the new year.  CLICK HERE to read more.

American Legion Documentary, Episode 5 Now Available
 

CLICK HERE to watch the fifth episode of the American Legion Documentary!  This episode concentrates on American Legion Baseball!

HeartSprings Community Healing Center

 

Thank you to Jan Nelson for stopping in at our Post Meeting to talk about the programs and classes offered at HeartSprings Community Healing Center!  CLICK HERE to learn more about them and the services that they offer.

Thousands Attend Funeral of Veteran Who Had No Family​
 
Thousands of people turned out Tuesday to pay their respects to an Army vet in Florida who had no living family to attend his funeral.  CLICK HERE to read more.
National WWI Memorial Gets Final CFA Nod
 
Commission hails approval as "giant step" toward beginning construction of this monument.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Legionnaire and World War II 'Hero of Cologne' awarded Bronze Star

 

Legionnaire and World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer received the Bronze Star Award for his actions in the Battle of Cologne during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2019.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Centennial Ride Connects Teams Legacy and Vision
 
Legion Riders converged in Great Bend, Kansas, after a 1,875-mile motorcycle ride to connect the Team Legacy and Team Vision banner.  CLICK HERE to read more.
Legion Centennial Ride to Bisect the Heart of America
 
Teams of motorcylce riders are connecting “legacy” and “vision” along the American Legion Memorial Highway.  CLICK HERE to read more!
Helping to End Homelessness at the Post Level
 
Damaged after Superstorm Sandy, American Legion Post 107 in New Jersey opensed a new facility – complete with six apartments for homeless veterans.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

2019-2020 Officers Installed

 

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 officers of American Legion Post 2!  East Region Vice Commander Larry Reed installed the new officers during the June Post Meeting!

To Strengthen a Nation, Episode 3: Economic Opportunity

 

The latest installment in the centennial video series explores the ways The American Legion has helped veterans find prosperous careers.  CLICK HERE to watch the episode!

Commemorative Coins Evoke The American Legion’s Service and Values

 

American Legion 100th anniversary commemorative coins are on sale now.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

VA Secretary Grilled Over Implementation of VA Mission Act

 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie testified on the implementation of the Mission Act before the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs in a joint hearing on December 19th.  CLICK HERE to read more.

American Legion Float Has Prominent Position in Rose Parade

 

The American Legion will have the third float in the parade, directly behind the Marine Corps Band.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

A New Name for Post 9
 
An American Legion Post in Indiana honored the only World War I Hoosier to receive a Medal of Honor.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Veteran e-Notifications!

 

Want to be notified of the latest veterans news and events in Cass County?  Then sign up for eNotifications!  CLICK HERE and enter your contact information to receive these handy notifications!

American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation
 
The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation was recently launched.  Funds will help needy military families and disabled veterans.  CLICK HERE to learn more
New York American Legion Honors Wounded Veterans
 
Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan received a honorary Paid Up For Life membership during Patriot Highlander Challenge.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Thank You to Our Color Guard

 

Thank you to our outstanding Post 2 Color Guard for all that they do in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area. From posting colors are local patriotic and sports events to providing military rites and final honors at funerals, this group of dedicated individuals perform their duties diligently regardless of the day or weather conditions.

Legion Steps Up to Help Hurricane Victims, First Responders
 
A South Carolina post created hurricane relief kits for Soliders assisting with clean-up efforts, and an Arkansas post has uplifting letters written for those staying in shelters.  CLICK HERE to learn more.
California Post Opens Doors to Fire Evacuees, First Responders
 
Post 519 in Palm Springs served as a shelter for Cranston fire victims, serving food and announcing its assistance through news channels and a Legion ham radio station.  CLICK HERE to read more.
Finally, a New VA Medical Center in Colorado
 
The long-delayed and debated project ushers in a new era of care for Denver-area veterans.  CLICK HERE to read more.
American Troops Involved in Thai Cave Rescue
 
United States Special Operations Forces were called upon to help rescue the trapped boys’ soccer team.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Sweeping Veterans Health Care Bill Becomes Law

 

Among other provisions, the VA MISSION Act includes provisions to consolidate community care programs into a single, streamlined service and provides sufficient funding to extend the program through 2019.  CLICK HERE to read more.

A Century of Americanism

 

A Tennessee Post is marking the American Legion centennial by teaching area students about the flag.  CLICK HERE to read more!

North Dakota Veterans Home Director Receives Award

 

Mark Johnson, Director of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, has received the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) "Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Do You Know 2nd Lt. C.A. Jackson, 2nd Division, AEF?

 

A Wisconsin Legionnaire is looking to reunite a canteen with descendants of this World War I Soldier.  CLICK HERE to read on.

Commander Rohan Pledges to Work with New VA Secretary

 

The National Commander released a statement regarding the selection and confirmation for a new VA Secretary.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Electrical Stimulation Treatment Helps PTSD Patients

 

Treatment helps patients reduce stress, anxiety.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

Final 100 Cities/100 Memorial Grant Recipients Named

 

The American Legion was involved with several winners, also designated as national centennial memorials.  CLICK HERE to read more.

Legacy Scholarship Gives Ohio Student Home

 

Chase Cooke received the college scholarship in honor of his father, a post-9/11 disabled veteran.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Survey Shows Veteran Households Support Research of Medical Cannabis

 

CLICK HERE to see the results of an American Legion survey conducted by an independent research company. 

Old Glory All Over the World

 

Wisconsin Boys State alum and current US Army Lieutenant has been able to fly his US flag in 21 countries spanning all seven continents.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Legion Reaffirms Position for a Stong America

 

National Commander Denise H. Rohan and Legion leadership meet in Indianapolis to vote on resolutions, receive donations and promote Family First! initiatives.  CLICK HERE to read more!

Are You a Past Post 2 Baseball Player?

 

If you are a past Post 2 Baseball player, please let us know!  Post 2 Baseball would like to put together a list of Legion members who have played Post 2 baseball into an "alumni list"! 

 

CLICK HERE to E-mail Adjutant Hanson to submit your name as a Post 2 baseball alum! 

Who Will Fill Our Shoes?
 

American Legion national commanders asks members of the NEC who is going to carry the organization into the next century.  CLICK HERE to read on.

America's Military is Losing Its Technology Edge

 

The global war on terrorism and reduced defense spending have taken their toll, even as rival nations are modernizing their forces.  CLICK HERE to read on.

VALOR at NDSU

 

VALOR (Veteran Alliance Organization) was created to improve the campus climate for military and veteran students at North Dakota State University.  The concept is to create a network of ADVOCATES made up of staff, faculty, and administrators at NDSU who are identified to our veteran students as people that they can go to for guidance and direction.

 

VALOR materials and training opportunities provide:

  • An understanding of military culture.
  • An understanding of potential issues student veterans face.
  • An awareness of the resources available to student veterans on and off our campus.

 

VALOR is sponsored by American Legion Post 400 and an Advisory Board that provides guidance and oversight.

 

Questions on the program can be directed to Adjutant Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NDSU VALOR PROGRAM!

Why Join the Legion?

 

Looking for good reasons to join or convince someone to join the American Legion?  Wondering if it would be worth it to start up again after letting your membership lapse?  CLICK HERE to read more about why you should join us in our mission and cause!



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