Flag Retirement Ceremony to be held on Flag Day

The U.S. Flag code states that, “the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” Thus, when a flag is torn and tattered beyond repair, it’s time for it to be retired.

On Flag Day, Thursday Jun 14, the Ely American Legion will conduct a flag retirement ceremony and honorably retire unserviceable flags. The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. Community members are asked to bring flags in need of retirement to the Legion Hall on Flag Day and are invited to stay and observe the solemn ceremony.


Post 555 recognized at Linn County Meeting

At the May 22nd meeting of the Linn County American Legion in Mount Vernon the Ely American Legion Post was recognized for achievements in 2018 membership.  The Ely Post was awarded the Honor Ribbon for attaining 100% membership and they were awarded the Road Runner Post Award for achieving 109% of their membership goal for 2018.  In the photo below Post Commander Marv Peters is presented the awards from 2nd District Commander Dick Hogan.


Glenn Klinsky recognized for 70 years continuous American Legion Membership

On May 22, 2018 Glenn Klinsky was recognized for 70 years of continuous American Legion membership in a private ceremony in Lisbon.  Glenn has been a member of the Ely American Legion for the entire 70 years.  Pictured below is Glenn receiving his certificate from Post 555 Commander Marv Peters and 2nd District Commander Dick Hogan.  Congratulations Glenn


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.