Ely Community Memorial Day Program 2018

Please plan to join the members Ely American Legion Post 555 for the Ely Community Memorial Day Service at Rogers Grove Cemetery 28 May 2018.

This program has been part of Ely for more than 90 years and and still proudly maintained as part of our community traditions.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Marv Peters, Post Commander

Opening Prayer – Pastor Brian Middleswarth – St John Lutheran Church, Ely

Reading of General Logan’s Order – Zack Johnson, 2017 Boys State Candidate

Pledge of Allegiance – led by Chase Gehrke, 2017 Boys State Candidate

Star Spangled Banner – Ely Presbyterian & St John Lutheran combined choir Stephanie Buonadonna Director

Memorial Day Message – Mr. Rob Smith – Post 555 Historian

On Flanders Field – Amanda Whetstone, 2017 Girls State Candidate

Song for the Unsung Hero – First Presbyterian & St John Lutheran combined choir

Bell Honor for All Service Branches – Legion and SAL Members

El Silencio – Morgan Eadie

Benediction – Pastor Brian Middleswarth – St John Lutheran Church Ely

God Bless America – Choir and Audience

Color Guard and Rifle Squad – Salute to those who have died in service to our nation – Legion and SAL Members

Taps – Leo Rigel

Please feel free to bring folding chairs to the cemetery.


Favorite Upcoming Legion Events

USA Dance

August 19, 2018
03:00 PM

Open to the public. $5.00/person admission.

Concealed Carry Class

August 25, 2018
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Post 555 Member Meeting

September 4, 2018
07:30 PM

Moved to Tuesday due to Labor Day.

SAL Squadron Meeting

September 6, 2018
07:00 PM

Contact Bill Horrigan (319 350-9450) for more information.

Private Event

September 8, 2018
All Day

Can and Bottle Drive

September 8, 2018
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM

To benefit college shooting sports.
Collection in the parking lot.

Post 555 Auxiliary Meeting

September 13, 2018
07:00 PM

Contact Angela Ballard (319 651-3621) for more information.

Find the complete Ely Legion event list here.


Last Bags Tourney of the Regular Season (and a Post Season Game)

Saturday, May 12th is the last cornhole tournament of the Legion’s regular season. Come have fun even if you have ever played before. We draw teams so it is a great way to meet people. Doors open at 6:30 pm and game play starts at 7:00. Just $5.00 per player.


Beyond that, the Ely Women’s Auxiliary is hosting a post season bags tournament after the Ely Block Party at the Legion.

Double Elimination. Race to 21 wins.
$30.00 team entry fee.

1st Place $300.00
2nd Place $150.00
3rd Place $50.00

To reserve a spot send your names and team name to auxiliary@elylegion.com.

Send your entry fee to:

Ely Legion
P.O. Box 357
Ely, IA 52227

Make checks payable to Ely Legion. Checks must be received by May 30th.

First 20 teams to register are guaranteed a spot. Ages 16 and up.


Favorite A Gift for the Person Who Has Everything

What do you give to someone who has everything?  Consider giving the gift of a flag.  The Ely Sons of the American Legion are offering to put a flag in front yards for the 4 major patriotic holidays (Flag Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day) again in 2017.  It makes the perfect gift and it requires no work.  Find out more here. 




April Bags Change of Date

The date of the April Bags Tourney has been changed from April 21 to April 14.  See you there.