Here's a few photos from the American Legion Christmas Party (courtesty of Dave Johnston) which took place on December 13th at the El Zagal Shrine! Thanks to Auxiliary for putting on this excellent event!
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!
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make Veterans Day a success for Post 2! Without your help, we couldn't enjoy such a special a day, a day to remember all of our Veterans who have served out country with honor!
Thank to the member of Post 2 and Unit 2 for their help in getting everything ready foir the Stew Feed. Thanks to the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band for their outstanding performance that afternoon! Thanks to the American Heritage Girls for providing so much help with bussing tables, serving beverages, and more during the afternoon events. And thanks to the El Zagal Shrine for allowing us to host this event at that great location!
Veterans Day Celebrations
Other Veterans Day celebrations around the area included a Veterans Day Ceremony which took place at North Dakota State University outside of the Memorial Union. The event was spearheaded by the Veteran Alliance Organization (VALOR) and featured a ceremonial raising of the flag, Taps, and a speech by Past Commender of Post 2, Brad Aune.
A wonderful tribute to veterans was held at Nativity Elementary as well featuring displays of uniforms and military items, artwork by the students, and presentations by groups of children of all ages. Instrumental in the event were Post 2 members Edward Schwind, a Marine Corps veteran, and Jennifer Schwind, a currently-serving member of the North Dakota Army National Guard and a combat veteran having served overseas in the Middle East. The Schwind's have six children, three of which are currently attending school at Nativity Elemntary.
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.
50, 60, and 70 Year Awards
Congratulations to all of our 50, 60, and 70 year members of the American Legion! At our May Post Meeting, we had four our own members who were able to be in attendance to receive their awards! Thank you for your service to our country and your service to Post 2!
Post 2 Commander, 2015-2016
ROTC Awards Presented at North Dakota State University
American Legion Post 2 had the honor of presenting awards for outstanding military leadership and scholastic achievment at the Bison Battalion ROTC Military Ball earlier this month. Post 2 members Syl Melroe, a member of the Executive Board and John Chatelain, Second Vice Commander were on hand to present the awards.
Military Excellence Medal
The Military Excellence Medal, this year being presented to two Cadets, is awarded to Cadets for being in the top 25% of their ROTC classes and demonstrating outstanding qualities of military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship.
Cadet Joshua Fergel
Cadet Devin Bykonen
Scholastic Excellence Medal
The Scholastic Excellence Medal, this year also being presented to two Cadets, is awarded to Cadets for being in the top 10% in their class in academic studies, the top 25% of their class in ROTC subjects, have demonstrated qualities of leadership, and have actively participated in related student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities, or sports.
Cadet Joshua Baneck
Cadet Zacharaih Moen
American Legion Post 2 Outstanding Cadet Saber
The final and most prestigious award we present annually is the Fargo American Legion Post 2 Saber, awarded to the top Cadet in the ROTC program.
Cadet Ryan Doblar
Thank you for the youth who were in attendance at our combined Post and Auxiliary Meeting in November! Your stories and testimonials about your experiences at Boys and Girls State were outstanding. You should all be very proud of your accompishments at Boys and Girl State!
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.
The GI Bill: Now and Then
A lot has changed with the GI Bill since it began many years ago. CLCIK HERE to read about some connections made between the original measure and today’s post-9/11 veterans benefits packages.
Post 2 Baseball
Be sure to get outside this summer and take in a Post 2 American Legion Baseball game at beautiful Jack Williams Stadium! CLICK HERE to see their schedule!
A Story Under Each Headstone
Legion Family and USAA leaders remember the fallen at Brittany American Cemetery. CLICK HERE to read more on this story.
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.
National Poppy Day Supports Veterans, Honors the Fallen
The American Legion Family leads the effort to keep all who served front and center. CLICK HERE to read more.
World War II veteran and Legionnaire Bruce Benson sounds taps every night at sunset to honor his late wife and fellow military veterans. CLICK HERE to read the rest of this story.
Hawaii Fights to Save WWI Memorial
The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium has fallen into disrepair. Now the Legion and preservationists are trying to save it from being torn down. CLICK HERE to read more.
Purple Heart Lie Results in Six Guilty Verdicts
A former Holly Springs police officer was found guilty Tuesday of falsely claiming he was a Purple Heart recipient four years after an investigation showed he lied about his military affiliation. 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!