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 located in historic downtown Fargo. The post is alive and well and contributing to the community!
Officer Elections will take place from 4:30pm until 6:50pm on Tuesday, May 2nd AT THE HECTOR AIRPORT BUSINESS PARK (the Old Hector Terminal located at 1801 23rd Avenue North, Fargo). Proof of 2017 membership must be provided in order to vote. Results of the election will be revealed during the post meeting to follow at 7pm.
Post Members who are unable to vote that day may request a ballot by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com. The ballot can be returned by e-mail or mail.
Post Everlasting Ceremony
American Legion Post 2 will honor members of their Post who have passed away over the last year and moved on to what we call Post Everlasting. This sacred ceremony will take place during their regularly scheduled Post Meeting on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7pm. The meeting will take place at the Hector Airport Business Park (the former Hector Airport Terminal) located at 1801 23rd Avenue North in Fargo.
Help Requested by the Fargo Air Museum
The Fargo Air Museum is in search of volunteers to assist them during their 2017 Celebrity Dinner and Auction on May 5. The most critical needs will be with set up from 10am-5pm and most urgently, during the event from 5-11pm with individuals to help with drink ticket sales, serve as auction runners and greeters, and people to work as "bidding buddies" to assist people with the bidding procedure which involves the use of iPads.
Anyone with interest can contact Jackie Robinson, Executive Director of the Fargo Air Museum, by phone at (701) 212-5704 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bison Battalion ROTC Awards
Check out some photos of Post Commander Christopher Hanson and Adjutant Sylvan Melroe presenting ROTC Awards to the Bison Battalion back on February 11th!
The following awards were presented that evening:
Military Excellence Medal- Cadet Andrew Johnson and Cadet Gregory Groesbeck
Scholastic Excellence Medal- Cadet Seguy Tchakounte and Cadet Devin Bykonen
American Legion Post 2 Outstanding Cadet Saber- Cadet Kyle Bogart
Almost Sunrise Documentary
Please take some time to learn about the Almost Sunrise Documentary.
Our First Post Meeting at the Fargo Air Museum
Last night, we conducted our first meeting, hopefully of many, at the Fargo Air Museum! We were pleased with the atmosphere and setting of the location and we're excited to build on this as we head into the future.
Post 2 enjoyed several decades of meetings at the old downtown location, and we want to build over time the same feeling and comfort here at the Fargo Air Museum that many Legion members past and present felt over the years prior. We are confident that this new meeting space will fit the bill and we hope that it will attract more of our Post 2 members to attend a meeting to learn what's new in Post business and activities.
Remember, we meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 at the Fargo Air Museum. Mark it on your calendars and we'll see you next month!
American Legion Post 2
Post Commander, 2015-2017
Post 2 Presents a Check to the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs
Last night at the February Post Meeting, Commander Christopher Hanson presented a check for $850.87 to the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs to to go into the North Dakota Support Our Veterans Fund! This fund was the Commander's Project for his 2015-2016 membership year. Present to accept the check was NDDVA Veterans Service Officer Supervisor Bryan Watters (also a Post 2 member) and Veterans Service Officer Tom Webb.
The North Dakota Support our Veterans Fund was established to provide resources for emergency needs of North Dakota veterans and their eligible dependents. Emergency needs of veterans may include but are not limited to dental care, vision, hearing, housing, transportation for medical treatment and other special needs as approved by the Fund Advisors.
We're happy to know that this money will be put to good use aiding veterans and their families and hope to make a donation sometime again in the near future!
164th Infantry World War II Memorial Relocation
The 164th Infantry Memorial Relocation is now complete! The memorial, formerly located at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and 5th Street in downtown Fargo, made it's move to Lindenwood Park right next to the American Legion Memorial Fountain. Work has taken about three weeks to dig the foundation, pour the concrete, remove the memorial from downtown, and relocate to Lindenwood Park.
Post Adjutant Sylvan Melroe has been the lead Post 2 member on this project. He worked with Fargo Parks to attain approval for the move, secured the new location, and lined up all specific details and tasks to put the project into play. We thank Adjutant Melroe for his hard work and dedication on this project!
Stay tuned for information on a re-dedication of the memorial once this project is complete!
New District 1 Leadership for Membership Year 2018
Post 2 is proud to announce that two of their members were selected tonight to serve as the incoming leadership of District 1! Christopher Hanson was selected as District Vice Commander (Elect) and Michele Olson was selected as District Commander (Elect) for membership year 2018!
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander Charles Schmidt.
National Poppy Day Supports Veterans, Honors the Fallen
The American Legion Family leads the effort to keep all who served front and center heading into Memorial Day weekend. CLICK HERE to read more.
Vietnam Veterans Day: An Unforgettable Medal of Honor Message
The President signed legislation honoring Vietnam Veterans Day, and a speech about coming home- CLICK HERE for more.
An "Ideal Setting" to Honor a Veteran
Post 27 in New Hampshire hosted a ceremony for a World War II veteran who received medals earned decades earlier. CLICK HERE to read on.
"They Served Each Other"
At a World War I centennial event, our American Legion national commander praised the generation that fought the Great War and founded The American Legion. CLICK HERE to read more.
Seabees Celebrate 75 Years of Successes
The Seabees have played a role in every U.S. conflict since World War II, providing national security, alleviating humanitarian crises and responding to natural disasters. CLICK HERE to read more.
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.
National Commander Used Legion Legacy to Advance Legislative Agenda
National Commander Schmidt testifies before joint session of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees. CLICK HERE to learn more!
OMW Delivers Largest Grant to a VA Facility in Two Years
The New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque received $10,000 for the purchase of needed items for its veterans. CLICK HERE to read more!
The 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit
We're working to help in the efforts to bring this incredible exhibit to West Fargo at the Red River Valley Fair this summer. Stay tuned for more details. But, for now, go check out the information on the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit. It's worth your time. CLICK HERE to learn more!
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:
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 Commander Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.
New Mexico Man Admits Stolen Valor Charge
Anthony Gambino, 43, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating the Stolen Valor Act. CLICK HERE to read more.
Department of Maryland Legionnaires Attend a Sendoff Ceremony
Department of Maryland members show support to 200 National Guard troops headed to the Middle East for nine months. CLICK HERE to read more!
Legion Assessing Damage in Storm-Ravaged Georgia
Tornadoes killed at least 15 in state, caused $100 million in damage. CLICK HERE to read more.
"We're Saving Lives"
After a brutal cold spell hit Portland and caused multiple deaths, Legion Post 134 set up a warming shelter that has housed more than 20 area residents each night. CLICK HERE to read more.
Appeals Modernization, Choice Program, Cannabis Research
New American Legion Legislative Director Matthew Shuman talks key issues facing veterans on Capitol Hill. CLICK HERE to read more.
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!