The 2017 and 2018 Bags Dates

The dates are in, the bags and boards are ready and the beer is cold. Get ready for another action packed year of tossing bags at the Ely American Legion.

We will kick off the season by hosting the Fall Fest tournament on October 14th. Teams of two will compete against each other in a double elimination tournament on Saturday, October 14, 2017 starting at 11:00 AM. Cost is $30 per two person team. Cash prizes will be offered for 1st and 2nd place Limit of 16 teams. For more information about Fall Fest events, visit the city’s Fall Fest website.

Starting in November, Bags at the Ely Legion will return to our regular schedule with doors opening at 6:30 PM and play starting at 7:00 PM. Cost is $5.00 per player and teams will be chosen by blind draw. Half the gate is returned in prizes for 1st and 2nd place.

As always, the bar will be open during game play… and maybe even a little after. 😉

Here are the dates. Mark your calendars and don’t miss the cornhole action!

October 14 at 9:00 AM (Fall Fest)
November 18 at 7:00 PM
December 16 at 7:00 PM
January 13 at 7:00 PM
February 17 at 7:00 PM
March 24 at 7:00 PM
April 21 at 7:00 PM
May 12 at 7:00 PM


Happy Flag Day

Post 555 Sons of the Legion deck the Legion Hall for Flag Day.


Flag Retirement Ceremony Held at Ely Legion

Post 555 Legionnaire Scott Droessler salutes as a flag is retired at the Ely American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 8, 2017.

Other members present are, left to right, Robert Jacobson, Rob Smith, Juan Trevino, Marv Peters and Tom Vavra.



The Ely American Legion and the Ely Sons of the American Legion will be conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony on 8 June 2017 at 7:00 PM.  The event will be held at the Ely American Legion Hall.  The public is invited to bring any American Flags that may require disposal and are invited to witness the ceremony.  There will be an open house at the legion after the ceremony


Ely Community Memorial Day Program 2017

Please plan to join the members Ely American Legion Post 555 for the Ely Community Memorial Day Service at the public library and at Rogers Grove Cemetery 29 May 2017.

This program has been part of Ely for more than 90 years and and still proudly maintained as part of our community traditions. Events take place between 9:30 am and noon.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Community Coffee at Ely Public Library

Civil War Discussion: Uniformed Union Soldier Reenactors and American Legion Members

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Rogers Grove Cemetery

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Rob Smith, American Legion Post 555

Opening Prayer: Reverend Brian Middleswarth – St. John Lutheran Church, Ely

Star Spangled Banner: Ely Presbyterian and St. John Lutheran combined choirs

Memorial Day Message: Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Ken Rizer, State Representative for Iowa’s 68th Legislative District

Remember My Song: Ely Presbyterian and St. John Lutheran combined choirs

Bell of Honor for all Service Members: Post 555 American Legionnaires and Sons of the Legion

Il Silenzio: Morgan Eadie

Benediction: Reverend Brian Middleswarth – St. John Lutheran Church, Ely

God Bless America: Choir and Audience

Color Guard and Rifle Squad Salute: Post 555 American Legionnaires and Sons of the Legion

Taps: Leo Rigel

Closing: Rob Smith, American Legion Post 555

Please feel free to bring folding chairs to the cemetery.




 Starting June 5th from 6:30 AM to 7:15 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday weekly.

Contact Lesley at (319) 389-2953 for more information and to sign-up!!


Sons of the Legion Honor Flag Program

Click here to sign up for the Ely Sons of the Legion Flag program.


Ballroom Dancing at the Ely American Legion

On April 22, 2017 the Ely Legion will begin hosting ballroom dancing lessons along with ongoing social dances. The program will be offered in partnership with the Iowa Corridor chapter of USA Dance, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization comprised of more than 150 chapters throughout the United States.

At each event, USA Dance will offer be a dance lesson followed by a social dance. Dance lessons will include a mix of American smooth (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango); American rhythm (Rumba, Swing, Cha Cha); Club (Night Club Two Step, Hustle, Sala).

We hope you will join us, socialize with neighbors and enjoy fun and benefits of ballroom dancing.

April 22, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Cost is $10 per person.