American Legion and Sons of the American Legion Membership Night

Information on membership night scheduled for on 18 October



On this date in 1918: Battle of St. Quentin Canal


The Battle of St Quentin Canal began on September 29th, 1918. It is the battle for which Post 555 is named and in which two sons of Ely, Iowa made the ultimate sacrifice. PVT Charles Noska and PVT Joseph Dvorak were serving as part of the 30th Infantry Division when killed in action during October of 1918. Had the young men survived another five weeks, they would have survived the war.

The Battle of St Quentin Canal was a pivotal battle of World War I that began on 29 September 1918 and involved British, Australian and American forces in the spearhead attack and as a single combined force against the German Siegfried Stellung of the Hindenburg Line. Under the command of Australian general Sir John Monash, the assault achieved all its objectives, resulting in the first full breach of the Hindenburg Line, in the face of heavy German resistance and, in concert with other attacks of the Great Offensive along the length of the line convinced the German high command that the writing was on the wall regarding any hope of German victory.

Smashing the Hindenburg Line by Frank Schoonover

Smashing the Hindenburg Line by Frank Schoonover

Learn more about the battle here.


Fall Fest Family Movie Night at the Legion

fall fest

Come see the Lego Movie at the Ely American Legion – Free Admission (donations accepted) – Popcorn, pop and other snacks available upstairs – Bar open downstairs.

Friday, September 26 – Two showings: 7:00 pm and 8:45 pm

Bring lawn chairs, beanbag chairs, blankets and all your friends and enjoy the show.



Home Base Iowa offers job assistance to veterans

In December 2013, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds launched, a new website for Home Base Iowa. The initiative is a new non-profit, private-public partnership that will recruit veterans and active duty service members for private-sector job opportunities in Iowa.

Find out more at



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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