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!
The Gilbert C. Grafton American Legion Post 2 agreed to terms to sell their building in downtown Fargo. The closing of the sale took place on Thursday, June 30th.
The building, located at 505 3rd Street North in downtown Fargo, has been the home of American Legion Post 2 for over sixty years. Post 2, the largest American Legion Post in the state of North Dakota, has hosted organizational meetings, public events, and numerous ceremonies and patriotic events throughout their long and storied history in Fargo.
The purchasers of the building, the Kilbourne Group, have an outstanding reputation as a leading company in revitalizing the downtown area, most notably over the last decade. As Post 2 was looking at the option of moving to a more suitable sized home for the organization, Kilbourne Group entered the picture as a buyer that would respect the past of this well-known building and inspire its future in downtown Fargo. It was this dialogue that began a long relationship that resulted in the sale of the American Legion building.
The Kilbourne Group has graciously extended a lease back to Post 2 at no charge in order for the American Legion to conveniently move to its new location which will be located in the old Hector Airport Terminal located at 1801 23rd Avenue North in Fargo. The Pickled Parrot, the bar located in the basement of the American Legion building, will remain there. They will be closed for renovations throughout July, but will return to normal operations on August 5th.
All of the American Legion Family will relocate to the new location over the two months to include not just the American Legion Post 2, but also the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. The 40 et 8 organization will also move to the new location as well.
Post 2 will hold their first Post Meeting in their new location at the old Hector Airport Terminal (located at 1801 23rd Avenue North) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7:00pm. All members, past and present, are invited to this meeting to acquaint themselves with the new home of Post 2.
Despite the sentimental feelings of their departure from their downtown home, the officers of American Legion Post 2 are excited to begin writing a new chapter in their long and storied history in Fargo. This is most certainly not the end of Post 2 - with this move to a new location comes the opportunity to grow, change, and reinvigorate the organization. With the struggles that many Veteran Service Organizations are facing with an aging membership, this change of scenery will also mark an opportunity to begin building the American Legion into an organization that attracts our younger veterans- the future of the organization going forward.
Christopher A. Hanson
American Legion Post 2
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