Favorite Upcoming Legion Events

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Glenn Klinsky recognized for 70 years continuous American Legion Membership

On May 22, 2018 Glenn Klinsky was recognized for 70 years of continuous American Legion membership in a private ceremony in Lisbon.  Glenn has been a member of the Ely American Legion for the entire 70 years.  Pictured below is Glenn receiving his certificate from Post 555 Commander Marv Peters and 2nd District Commander Dick Hogan.  Congratulations Glenn


Favorite A Gift for the Person Who Has Everything

What do you give to someone who has everything?  Consider giving the gift of a flag.  The Ely Sons of the American Legion are offering to put a flag in front yards for the 4 major patriotic holidays (Flag Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day) again in 2019.  It makes the perfect gift and it requires no work.  Find out more here. 



The Battle of St. Quentin Canal

Americans of the 30th Division go “over the top” on the morning of September 29, 1918.

On September 29th, 1918 members of the United States, British and Australian armies smashed through the Hindenburg Line on the St. Quentin Canal. It was the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line and, along with other attacks of the Grand Offensive along the length of the line, Allied success convinced the German high command that there was little hope of an ultimate German victory.

Joseph Dvorak and Charles Noska of Ely took part in the Battle of St. Quentin Canal and their participation in the fighting is why the Ely American Legion is called the St. Quentin Post.

American soldiers rest after breaking the Hindenburg Line at the St. Quentin Canal.

A detailed description of the battle can be found here.


Post History

History of St Quentin Post 555 of the American Legion

Post 555 of the American Legion is located in Ely, Iowa. On 1 March 1921, fifteen veterans from the town in Ely applied for a charter to the American Legion. The national level officials signed the charter on 1 February 1922 and the Ely American Legion was born.

The St Quentin Post 555 gets its name from the Battle of St Quentin Canal in which two WW1 Soldiers from the Ely area died in action. Both PVT Charles Noska and PVT Joseph Dvorak were serving as part of the 30th Infantry Division when killed in action during October of 1918.

In 1954 and 1955, members designed and built a new building at the current location of 1545 Main Street in Ely. Since built, the building has been the home to many wedding receptions, dances, anniversaries, and community events.

The Ely Legion currently has around fifty members from the Ely areas and is always looking to expand its membership. The Ely Legion is active in supporting Legion events like the 5th Grade Essay Contest, the Oratorical Contest, and Boy’s State. The Ely Legion also supports multiple community youth programs.


Memorial Day ceremonies at Rogers Grove Cemetery in the 1920s


Sign Up for Fall Fest Cornhole Tourney

Sign up now or the Fall Fest 2019 Cornhole Tourney at the Ely Legion. Teams of two will compete against each other in a double elimination tournament on Saturday, September 28 at the Ely American Legion from 11 am – 6:30 pm. Cash bar available throughout the event. Doors open at 10:00 am.

Cost: $30 per team.

Reserve your place in the tourney here.


Ely American Legion Annual Pancake Breakfast

It is time once again for the Ely American Legion Annual Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast includes sausage, eggs, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, ham, juice, milk, coffee and, of course, pancakes. Bloody Marys will also be available for an additional charge. Come and enjoy this Ely tradition. April 7th, 7:00 am – Noon. $8 for adults, $4 for children.


Ely Legion Euchre Tourney

Get ready to play Euchre at the Ely Legion. Saturday, February 23rd, Noon until 5:00 pm.  For information or to sign up call Randy at (319) 533-0316