Join us for Memorial Day Observances in Ely

Memorial Day 2014 at Rogers Grove Cemetery (Click to enlarge)

Memorial Day 2014, Rogers Grove Cemetery (Click to enlarge)

Iowa’s Monument Man Library Program
May 21th 2015, 6:30 P.M. at Public Library

Community Coffee
May 25th 2015, 9:30 A.M. at Public Library

Community Memorial Day Service
May 25th 2015, 11:00 A.M.
at Rogers Grove Cemetery
Ely American Legion Post 555

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be at the Ely Legion Hall


World War II on the Homefront

During World War II so many young men served in the armed forces, there was a labor shortage in the United States. In order to upgrade the railroad through Ely, Mexican workers were employed.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette ran this story on the front page, Sunday July 18, 1943. Click the articles to enlarge.


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Boy’s State Candidates Announced

The Ely American Legion is pleased to announce it has selected two young men to attend Boy’s State in June to represent the local American Legion Post. Hunter Gehrke of Solon and Jake Crumbo of Ely will attend the Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa from the 14th to the 19th of June.

Iowa American Legion Hawkeye Boys State is a weeklong “Hands-On” experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of “learning by doing”, young men will learn more about city, county and state government in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school.


Hunter Gehrke is the son of Brad and Tina Elwood-Gehrke and is currently a junior at Solon High School. Hunter participates in cross country and is a four year letter winner in trapshooting. Hunter is interested in law enforcement and is currently taking college classes at Kirkwood in addition to his high school studies.


Jake Crumbo is the son of Chris and Wendy Crumbo and is currently a junior at Prairie High School. Jake is active in tennis and is a member of Business Professionals of America and the National Honor Society. Jake serves as a mentor at Prairie Creek School and has started his own company called Crumbo Crunch.


Annual Breakfast 2015

Many thanks to all those who attended and volunteered at the Ely Legion’s annual breakfast. You made it a great success!

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Our annual breakfast this year will be on the 12th of April. I know, right now you are saying “The Ely Legion Breakfast is always on the first Sunday in April” and you would be right. But this year Easter also fell on the first Sunday in April and we decided to defer to a higher authority. Make sure to stop out and bring your friends and neighbors. Tickets are always available at the door or from any Ely Legion member. Same great menu as last year; eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, ham, coffee, juice, and milk.