The New Air Rifles are Here!

And fine instruments they are.

Post 555 is planning to start a Junior Shooting Sports Program and gun safety program in Ely.

The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program is a gun safety education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements of safety, education, enjoyment and competition. Shooters use the .177 caliber air rifle.

When started, the club will meet and practice at the Ely American Legion Hall.

Boys and girls ages 10 to 18 can participate. The plan is to create a youth club and compete with other posts.

More information will be forthcoming!



Colonel See speaks at Ely’s Memorial Day Program


Colonel (retired) Bill See addresses attendees at Rogers Grove Cemetery near Ely as part of the community’s memorial day activities on May 30, 2016. Colonel See discussed the nation’s wars and the role of the citizen soldiers in preserving our freedom.

Also pictured are Post 555 members Rob Smith and Tom Vavra and members of the choirs of Ely Presbyterian Church and St. John Lutheran Church in Ely. The combined choir performed the Star Spangled Banner, Land of the Free and God Bless America. The program also included a ceremonial ringing of the church bell for those who died in service to their county, a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.
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Ely Community Memorial Day Events

memorial day

Community Coffee and Meet the Speaker
May 30th 2016, 9:30 A.M. at Public Library

Community Memorial Day Service
Guest Speaker COL(retired) Frederick William “Bill” See
May 30th 2016, 11:00 A.M.
at Rogers Grove Cemetery

In the event of inclement weather, the service will
be at the Ely Legion Hall


Bags at the Ely Legion – Saturday, April 23rd

Competition play, blind draw for teams. Sign up at the door. Lots of fun for all. Bar open. Saturday, April 23rd

Doors open at 6:30 PM. First games start at 7:00 PM.

Last Tournament of the season!


We are making breakfast on Sunday, April 3rd


The first Sunday in April is almost here and that means it is time for the Ely American Legion Annual Pancake breakfast. Make plans for us to serve you breakfast and bring your friends and neighbors too. Tickets are always available at the door or from any Ely Legion member.

As always, the traditional menu will be served: eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice, and milk.

Adults $8.00
Children (5 to 12) $4.00
Kids under five eat free!


We would like to put a flag in front of your property


The Ely Sons of the American Legion is offering the Ely community an opportunity to display a 3’ x 5’ nylon American Flag on a 10 foot pole in front of your home or business on four national
holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Find out more here!


Valentine’s Dinner and Dance February 13th


The Ely American Legion will be hosting a Valentine Dinner and Dance on the 13th of February.  This event is open to the public.

Dinner Buffet featuring
Prime Rib or Chicken followed by
Dessert and Champagne

Caterer: Ruzicka’s Catering, Solon Iowa

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Social Hour – 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Dinner – 6:30 PM

Music and Dancing following Dinner
Ely Legion
1545 Main Street in Ely

Cost: $30 per person

Music by County Linemen


Seating is Limited
Make your reservation today by
emailing your name, phone number
and number of guests to
or by calling (319) 899-7785
Reservations must be made by February 5.


Holiday Wishes!!


I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members, their families, our friends, and our followers a joyous Holiday season from Post 555, Ely American Legion.  The Ely American Legion experienced a successful year because of the efforts of many.  Thank you all.

The Holiday Season is an excellent time to remember those service members in our Armed Forces who are serving both here in the United States and abroad.  The events of the past week again remind us that there is still much trouble in the world. Without the sacrifices of our service members and their families, the lifestyle we have become accustomed to may cease to exist.  Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones in the pursuit of freedom.

2016 looks to be another great year for the St Quentin Post here in Ely.  Keep checking our website for activities at the legion.  We are already beginning to plan for our 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day dinner and dance.  Seating will be limited.

Wishing you a Happy Holidays regardless of how your family celebrates the season!!

Marv Peters, Post Commander