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