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!
November Post Meeting - Helping Our Youth!
At our November Post Meeting, we had the pleasure for a second month in a row hosting youth that Post 2 have helped grow and mature as future leaders in our community!
Two more young men spoke at the meeting sharing their experiences at their time at Boys State this past June. As always, they were very excited about what they brought back home with them- knowledge of how our country is managed, experience and understanding on what our political system is made of, and valuable leadership experience that will no doubt help them in the future.
We also had the chance to visit with Ben Diers, a freshman saxophone instrumentalist, who was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the International Music Camp this past summer. Ben performed the Star Spangled Banner for us to open our meeting and then sat down and visited with us on his experience at the camp. This was special for Commander Hanson as he, a professional musician in the Fargo-Moorhead area, began his musical journey by attending over a dozen sessions of camp at the International Music Camp in his middle school and high school years.
Post 2 will continue to strive to aid our youth in becoming better leaders and citizens in our community by providing them with these outstanding opportunities!
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!
Post 2 Boys State Members
Thanks to the boys who stopped by our October Post Meeting to talk about how 2016 Boys State had an effect on them that will last a lifetime! Thanks also to the family members who were also in attendance!
Pictured above: Wayne Warmager (Post 2 and District 1 Boys State Coordinator), Conner Beckman - Fargo North, Neelay Patel - Fargo Davies, Matthew Seefeldt - Fargo Shanley, Thomas Smallerz - Fargo South, Jensen Walker - Fargo Davies, Ivan Wognin - Fargo North, and Christopher Hanson (Post 2 Commander).
The following boys were unable to attend the meeting: Tyler Anderson - Fargo North
Erik Benson - Fargo North, Bryant Everest - Fargo South, and Charles Thielman - Fargo North.
Seats for Soldiers at the Fargo Force - Cross Insulation Inc.
Seats for Soldiers will highlight a military member attending the game during a stoppage in play in the first period. Fans can nominate themselves or a friend/family member by sending in a nomination form. Nominations must be turned in at least two weeks in advance. There is no cost to nominate someone.
The selected nominee will receive four tickets to a home game in the Seats for Soldiers location for them and their family or friends.
CLICK HERE to nominate yourself or someone else.
If you have any questions regarding Seats for Soldiers, please contact Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander Charles Schmidt.
Veterans Health Care Omitted from the Debate
Our National Commander was disappointed that the candidates and moderators did not allocate a single minute of debate time to address veterans health care. CLICK HERE to read more.
California Guard Members Told to Pay Back Bonuses
Ten years after the Pentagon enticed soldiers to reenlist by offering hefty bonuses, officials are demanding thousands of those veterans pay the money back. And we don't think that's alright at all. CLICK HERE to read on.
"A Great Leacy that the American Legion has built..."
National Commander Charles E. Schmidt highlights membership incentives to encourage growth and continued support of veterans, servicemembers and their families. CLICK HERE to read on.
Trump, Clinton Sidestep Key Veteran Issues
National Commander Charles E. Schmidt calls on Republican and Democratic presidential nominees to address key issues for veterans and servicemembers in future debates. CLICK HERE to read on.
Women Veterans: Tell Us Your Stories
Legion survey wants to know female veterans' experiences with accessing heath care, transitioning to civilian life and using education benefits. CLICK HERE to participate in this survey.
The Pickled Parrot
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Why Join the Legion?
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