5th Grade Flag Essay Contest

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The Ely American Legion is again sponsoring the 5th Grade Flag Essay Contest.  All area 5th graders are encouraged to participate.  The attached document provides detailed instructions on how to enter the contest.

Ely American Legion 2015 Flag Essay

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AUGUST 15th FLAG RIDE

Even though many of the riders said the ride was a warm one, they all enjoyed the fellowship and companionship involved in a motorcycle ride, especially when it is honoring our American Flag.  The ride stared in Oxford, traveled to Columbus Junction, then stopped at the Ely American Legion.  The money raised during this charity ride is going to support ongoing activities and programs supported by the Oxford, Columbus Junction, and Ely American Legion Posts.

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MOTORCYCLE FLAG RIDE TO STOP AT ELY LEGION AUGUST 15TH

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The “Old Glory Flag Ride” is scheduled to stop in Ely at the American Legion on Saturday the 15th of August.  The Ely Legion will be open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to welcome the riders.  The public is welcome to come out and check out the bikes and show their support.

Flag Ride

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Unserviceable Flags Ceremony Conducted in Ely

A ceremony for Disposal of Unserviceable Flags as outlined in Resolution No. 440, passed by the 19th National Convention of The American Legion in New York, Sept. 20-23, 1937 was conducted in Ely on July 11, 2015. The ceremony was overseen by members of Ely American Legion Post 555 and was joined by members of the Cedar Rapids Knights of Columbus and the Ely Volunteer Fire Department.

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Scott Droessler outlines the rules and process for the retirement of flags.

Scott Droessler outlines the rules and process for the retirement of flags.

Legionnaires Ed Mertins and Bob Jacobs along with members of the Knights of Columbus stand at attention during the ceremony.

Legionnaires Ed Mertins and Bob Jacobs along with members of the Knights of Columbus and the Ely Fire Department stand at attention during the ceremony.

Post commander Marv Peters and Scott Droessler oversee retirement of the first flag.

Post commander Marv Peters and Scott Droessler oversee retirement of the first flag.

Over 100 unserviceable flags were retired.

Over 100 unserviceable flags were retired.

Legionnaires Bob Jacobs and Tom Vavra watch as Ely firefighter honorably retires  flags.

Legionnaires Bob Jacobs and Tom Vavra watch as Ely firefighter Ed Vavra honorably retires the flags.

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RESCHEDULED FLAG DISPOSAL CEREMONY

The flag disposal ceremony which was scheduled for 14 June has been rescheduled for 11 July at 5:00 PM at the Ely Fire Department grounds.

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