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
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.
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.
Join us for the Disney hit “FROZEN” featuring the hit song Let it Go!
Family Movie Night at the Ely American Legion featuring Disney’s Frozen
7:00 pm, Saturday March 22. Free admission. Snack bar open upstairs and bar open downstairs.
Chairs will be available but you can bring your own as well as blankets and sit on the floor. Everyone welcome.
The winner of the local American Legion Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest is Kaitlyn Sellon. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Dustin and Sarah Sellon of Ely and a student at Prairie Creek Elementary School. Kaitlyn wrote an essay about the United States flag that was very original and thought provoking.
The purpose of the American Legion Fifth Grade Flag Essay Program is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the United States Flag on the part of elementary-level students. The contest also allows contestants to gain a greater understanding of flag etiquette and respect for the flag.
Kaitlyn’s essay has been forwarded for district and state level competition. Congratulations and good luck Kaitlyn!
Post Commander Marv Peters presenting Kaitlyn Sellon with Flag Essay Contest Award.
The current Legion Hall is not the first hall on the site. The original Ely Legion Hall was constructed in 1923 and expanded in 1928. Actually, it was two old school buildings that were moved to the site and fabricated into a hall for the Ely Post.
The building was dismantled in 1954 to make way for the new hall but during its 31 years it was used for just about every community event including stage productions and as the home court for the Ely High School basketball team.
Ely Elementary School Students in a stage production in the old Legion Hall, 1950
The audience for an elementary stage production in 1950. Note the basketball hoop.
Dismantling the hall in 1954, front view.
Dismantling the old hall in 1954, rear view. A boxcar is visible on the old railroad tracks to the right.