Photos

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!

Veterans Day

 

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.

A 9/11 Ceremony was held on the Memorial Bridge between Fargo and Moorhead on September 11th.
Various Color Guards were in attendance at the ceremony- in this photo, we see members of the Post 2 Color Guard along with VFW Commander David Rice.
The Post 2 Color Guard pauses for a photo opportunity with Past Commander Cathy Keogh.

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!

 


Christopher Hanson
Post 2 Commander, 2015-2016

60 Year Member - Bob Lechner
50 Year Member - Larry H. Franek
50 Year Member - Raymond T. Myers
50 Year Member - Dennis D. Weinkauf

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

Commander Christopher Hanson got the honor of visiting with a Post 2 Baseball player, a Major League catcher, and a World Series Champion at the Post 2 Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet! Chris Coste served as the keynote speaker at the annual event.
Former Post 2 Baseball player, Major Leage catcher, and World Series Champion Chris Coste gives his remarks at the Post 2 Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet.
Past Commander Linda Whaley, Post 2 Commander Christopher Hanson, and Past Commander Cathy Keogh pose for a photo at the Post 2 Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet.
Commander Christopher Hanson speaks at the NDSU Veterans Day Ceremony in front of the Memorial Union.
Commander Christopher Hanson served as the Keybote Speaker for the Fargo-Moorhead Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fargo Civic Center.
Our Post 2 Color Guard at the Civic Center on Veterans Day,
Veterans Day Stew at the American Legion.
Commander Christopher Hanson participates in the POW/MIA Table Presentation.
Post 2 members gather at the Memorial Bridge on Veterans Day for a short ceremony put on by the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Check presentation to the Post 2 Color Guard from Jim Schafbauer and Capital Credit Union.
Longtime Post 2 Color Guard bugler Konrad Olson was presented a bugle for his contributions to the program.
Commander Christopher Hanson with the girls of the American Heritage Girls.

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!

Several Color Guards, including our very own Post 2 Color Guard, were out at the airport to welcome the Honor Flight back to Fargo.
The Governor proclaimed June 20-26, 2015 Navy Week in the state of North Dakota. Here's a copy of his proclamation!
Commander Christopher Hanson made a donation to the children of the NDNG Military Youth Music Camp this past weekend. The donation, given on behalf of Post 2, was used to pay for free activities during Saturday recreation time.
From left to right, Past Commander Michele Olson, Post 2 Commander Christopher Hanson, Past Commander Linda Whaley, and Past Commander Cathy Keogh at Jack Williams Stadium
American Legion Post 2 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 2 members volunteered to answer phones for Prairie Public Television on December 7th.
Volunteers from the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary volunteer countless hours at the VA Medical Center each year.
Commander Michele Olson speaks about the American Legion at the 2014 Jass Festival which took place August 10th and the Fargo Post.
Congratulations to Commander Michele Olson, the new commander of Post 2. She and the other 2014-2015 officers were installed on Tuesday, June 3rd.
Choice Financial presented Post 2 with a donation of $628 in honor of May being Natioinal Military Appreciation month! Past Commander Brad Aune accepted the check on behalf of the post!
Michele Olson presents an American Legion ROTC award at a Fargo South AFJROTC ceremony at Fargo South High School.
Michele Olson presents an American Legion ROTC award at a Fargo South AFJROTC ceremony at Fargo South High School.
David Johnston presents the American Legion Military Excellence Medal to West Fargo High School JROTC cadet Justice Bowers.
Megan Larson of West Fargo High School JROTC receives the American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medel from David Johnston of Post 2.
The Post Commander looks pretty sharp! Commander Brad Aune along with his lovely wife Brandi were in attendance at the NDSU Bison Battalion ROTC Military Ball this past Saturday. Commander Aune presented medals and a sabre at the ball.
About sixty Legion members, family members, and prospective members came out for chili on St. Patrick's Day weekend at the Legion.
Mike Haugen was the winner of the chili cookoff with his delicious elk chili.
The chili cookoff was put together by Post Adjutant Christopher Hanson. Hanson took third in the voting with his chili.
Post 2 members, Past Commanders Linda Whaley and Cathy Keogh along with current First Vice Commander Michele Olson pose for a photo prior to a performance with the Red River Valley Veteran's Concert Band.
In this photo, the Post 2 Color Guard posts colors at the South Fargo Walmart on Veterans Day weekend. The local Walmart hosted a short ceremony and honored our veterans with an Honor Wall display.
Hank Deyle and Michele Olson ride the bus out to the Cities to take in a Vikings game as part of the annual Past Commanders Football Trip.
The POW/MIA table was set up for the Stew Feed to help ensure that everyone knows that we NEVER FORGET.
Girls of the American Heritage Girls fill salt and pepper shakers in anticipation of the start of the Stew Feed.
Post 2 Adjutant Christopher Hanson tests the stew to ensure that it is fit for consumption.
Post 2 member Eddie Schwind stands proudly at attention for the playing of his service song, "The Marines' Hymn".
The American Heritage Girls volunteered to help with the serving of the meal during the annual Stew Feed. In this photo, the girls take a break to pose for a photo with Commander Brad Aune.
The crowd enjoys music by the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band.
Legion volunteers prepare the meal for the annual Veterans Day Stew Feed.
First Vice Commander Michele Olson and Past Commander Cathy Keogh cleaned and reorganized the Legion display cases outside of Legacy Ballroom during the November Field Day.
Commander Aune, representing Post #2, attended the VA Native American recognition event at the VA Medical Center on July 17th. The 7 tribes in the region of the Fargo VA presented their nation's flags to the VA for display.
Post #2 hosted a Veterans Round Table on July 3rd which was organized by Commander Aune and attended by several veterans and organizations. Pictured above is Commander Aune with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Commander Aune recently presented a check to Karinn Davidson at the Fargo VA Center. The money was collected over the year at post meetings by passing a helmet. The money will benefit the Healing Gardens project.
Post 2 Baseball and American Legion Post 2 volunteers and members sold burgers in downtown Fargo last week as a part of the downtown classic car night on Broadway. Post 2 Baseball also hosted an exhibit, a model of the USS North Dakota.
Post 2 Commander Brad Aune speaks to the audiene during a break at the Jass Festival. Post 2 hosted the festival for a second year in a row enjoying excellent weather and great crowds.
American Legion Post 2 member Eddie Schwind (left) and Post 2 Adjutant Christopher Hanson (right) perform as a part of the 2013 Jass Festival which took place on the outdoor stage at the American Legion on August 10th and 11th.
Dave Johnston presents American Legion awards to young cadets of the Fargo South High School JROTC on May 11th.
State Commander Dave Rice installs the 2013-2014 Post Officers for Post 2 on June 4th.
Congratulations to Robert Jacobson on the occasion of his election as 40 and 8 Chef de Gare of Locale 240 for the 2013-2014 year.

News

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE NDSU VALOR PROGRAM!

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!



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