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!

Bison Battalion ROTC Awards


Stay tuned for the announcement of ROTC awards for Cadets of the Bison Battalion of the NDSU Army ROTC program!  Commander Christopher Hanson and Adjutant Sylvan Melroe will be present at their winter banquet to present the awards.  We'll post picutres as soon as get a hold of them and will announce who received this awards!

First Vice Commander Mike Haugen, Commander Christopher Hanson, and Eastern Region Vice Commander Larry Lein tie up some loose ends at the of their first Post Meeting at the Fargo Air Museum.

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!



Christopher Hanson
American Legion Post 2
Post Commander, 2015-2017

Veterans Service Officer Tom Webb (left) observes as Veterans Service Officer Supervisor Bryan Watters (center) accepts a donation from Commander Christopher Hanson (right).

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.


The work was performed by L. Gnoinsky Concrete/Construction, Inc. Aggregate Industries of Fargo-Moorhead, and Dakota Moument Company with cooperation and coordination with the Fargo Park District.


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!  


From the National Commander


CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander Charles Schmidt.



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 Commander Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.



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!

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