June 14th is Flag Day. Make sure to fly “Old Glory” if you get the chance and pause a few minutes today to remember those who are in harm’s way today defending our flag and the principles it stands for. Also happy birthday to the United States Army!

Marv Peters, Commander

Flag Day


Ely American Legion Boys State Candiate

Ely American Legion Post 555 has selected Seth Wennermark of 1630 North Drive in Ely as the Ely Post Boys State Candidate for 2014. Seth is in his junior year at Prairie High School and active in several extracurricular activities at Prairie High School.

Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is an opportunity for young men who are finishing their junior year in high school to experience the relationship between how democratic governments operate and how political parties are organized.

Boys State is an opportunity for young men to gain pride and respect for our form of government and in leading and following. With over 500 young men attending from many different communities in Iowa, Boys State provides an excellent opportunity to meet and work with many different people and develop lifelong friendships.

Iowa Boys State is celebrating it 75th year of training citizenship this year. Boys State will be conducted from 15 – 20 June in 2014. Congratulations Seth!


National Commander testifies on the State of VA Health Care


Post Memorial Day Observance at Rogers Grove Cemetery

Brigadier General Roy Webb, Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard – U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, speaks at the Post 555 annual Memorial Day Service at Rogers Grove Cemetery. Post Honor Guard stands by.

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Please plan on joining us to remember those who have gone before us on Memorial day. The Ely Community Service will be conducted on Monday 26 May at 11:00 AM at the Rogers Grove Cemetery. ELY MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE 2014


Ely Legion Hall Dedication Held in 1955

Marion Sentinel June 30, 1955

About 300 people attended the dedication of the American Legion Memorial Building of St. Quentin Post No. 515 at Ely Sunday, June 26. The program included an organ prelude by Don Heath of Cedar Rapids; Advancement of Colors and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner; invocation by Rev. H. J. Lee, a song by the Ely men’s chorus; introduction of distinguished guests by Edward Kopp, master of ceremonies; greetings from Robert Spooner, district Legion commander; and Mrs. Robert Spooner, district auxiliary president; presentation of corsages to three auxiliary members of the building committee by Mrs: Don Dolezal, Ely auxiliary President.

Those honored were Mrs. Raymond Truhlar, Mrs. Ed Vavra, and Mrs. Lumir Biderman. Don Johnson, past department commander from West Branch, spoke on the work of the Crusade for Europe. Norma Rigel and Jim Louis from Cedar Rapids sang, “The Indian Love Call.” Don Dolezal, commander of the post and Ed Vavra acting as chaplain then dedicated the building to the objects of the unit and post and dedicated the members to the faithful service of our nation, and to the memory of our heroic dead.

Following this Norma Rigel sang, “Bless This House,” the chorus sang Taps, the colors were retired and Rev. H. J. Lee gave the benediction. The crowd then adjourned to the social rooms in the basement where the Auxiliary officers served refreshments.

The stage was decorated with flowers sent by the Vavra Lumber Yard, Biderman’s Hardware, the F. J. Krobs from Ely and from the Falstaff Company, the Farm Service Company and Stejskal’s Florists from Cedar Rapids.

Wayne Schoff from Lisbon was contractor for the new building which will cost between $25,000 and $30,000. Joe Skripsky did the wiring and Frank Shonka installed the heating plant. The 80 members of the Legion post and 89 members of the auxiliary unit are to be congratulated upon the completion of their new home.

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Fun at Our First Family Movie Night

Post 555’s first ever family movie night was great success with fun for all. Disney’s Frozen was on the screen, popcorn was abundant and the bar was open downstairs. Fun for the kids, fun for mom and dad.

This was a test project and the test was successful. The Post will get busy planning our next movie event.