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Breaking News:

BOARD & FLOOR MEETINGS THIS MONTH.

FLOOR MEETING FEB. 13TH @ 7:00PM, MAIN FLOOR AT THE LEGION. ALL MEMBERS WELCOME & ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

The Son’s of the American Legion

“Famous Kettle Fried Chicken” dinner is returning February 4th 2023!

Serving from 5:00 – 7:30pm

LENTEN FISH & SHRIMP FRY’S ARE BACK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24TH!

Hake Cod, fried shrimp, cheesy party potatoes, coleslaw, homemade desserts!

ALL YOU CAN EAT, TAKE OUT & DELIVERY AVAILABLE TO HOMEBOUND SOLON RESIDENTS (CALL THE LEGION FOR DETAILS) ADULTS $16.00 CHILDREN $8.00 (5-12 YEARS)

Friday night dinner specials are back at the Legion. There is also a limited menu available. Serving 5:00-9:00 pm.

Friday February 3rd

Friday February 10

Friday February 17

The 2nd annual Solon Business Chili Cookoff will be held on Super bowl Sunday, February 12th, 2023. If your company would like to enter, contact Ashely or Yolanda at the Legion. watch our Facebook page for updates and starting time.

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Legion Events for February 2023

Feb 4th – SAL Kettle Chicken Dinner 5:00-7:30m

Feb 10th-DJ Curtis 8-11pm – Line Dance Lessons with Mary Sue!

Feb. 11th – Notes from the Underground 7-10pm

Feb 12th -SUPER BOWL & Business Chili Cookoff! 4:30pm

Feb 18th – Robin Banks 8-11pm

Feb 24th – Lenten Fish Fry 5-7pm

Feb 25th – Full Circle Band 8-11pm

CHECK OUT THE “CALENDAR PAGE” FOR BANDS, DATES & TIMES

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Meetings in February

Auxiliary -2/6 @ Legion 7:00 pm

Board & Floor Meetings 2/13 – Floor meeting at 7:00pm

SAL 2/21 @ Legion 6:30 PM

All Legion Floor and Board meeting will be held on the 2nd Monday of even numbered months.

Meetings will be held on the main floor of the Legion. 

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A message from our Chaplain:

February 2023

On January 31, 1968, the North Vietnam Army (NVA) and Vietcong (VC) struck more than 100 cities and towns across South Vietnam including 36 of the 44 provincial capitals in a coordinated attack. This force of NVA and VC was 80,000 strong. The attack took place during Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. General Giap and the Hanoi Politburo felt a large scale coordinated attack would cause widespread desertion and defection from the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), while at the same time generate a civilian uprising that would cause the South Vietnamese government to collapse. The civilian uprising never occurred, nor did mass desertions among the ARVN Forces.

U.S. forces were thrown into a temporary stutter of a coordinated reaction, but the U.S. forces and the ARVN forces quickly regrouped and overpowered the NVA and VC forces inflicting heavy causalities upon them. The U.S. and ARVN forces quickly expelled the NVA and VC forces across the South Vietnam landscape. Despite this fact, America’s most trusted news anchor, Walter Cronkite, reported that the war in Vietnam was lost. In reality, the Tet Offensive was a major military defeat for North Vietnam; so much so that General Giap and the Hanoi Politburo began discussions that they should seek peace terms. However, in the U.S. the response to the Tet Offensive was a call to increase in the draft for an additional 200,000 troops. This increase in the draft caused the antiwar sentiment to erupt into violent protests across college campuses nationwide. Upon seeing the anti-war movement in America, General Giap suggested to the Politburo that they should wait in seeking peace. Giap felt the American public would force the American politicians to seek peace. Giap also felt the longer they waited in seeking peace, the terms would be more favorable to Hanoi. President Johnson felt the political heat set his administration on a course to negotiate peace with Hanoi. The protests that spurred Giap’s decision to wait prolonged the war for another seven years.

The Imperial City of Hue (Pronounced Way) was the spiritual, cultural and education center of South Vietnam. The city of Hue fell under the iron grip of 2,000 VC and two NVA Regiments comprising of 8,000 well trained men. Even though the other cities and towns that were attacked on January 31st quickly fell back under the control of American and South Vietnamese forces, Hue would prove to be a different matter. This ancient city was the pearl of Vietnam, and American forces were given strict orders to do as little damage as possible to the city. General Westmoreland initially was told that the city was held by no more than 500 poorly trained VC. General Westmoreland charged the 1/5 and 2/5 Marines, a total of 1,600 men, to retake the city.

The battle for Hue would become the largest and longest operation for the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. The Marines were in for a surprise. First, the 1,600 Marines would go up against an entrenched force of 10,000 men. Second, the Marines had only been trained in jungle warfare not urban warfare. Third, some structures of the Imperial City were off limits to any damage and the order to keep damage to the city itself at a minimum would cost the Marines dearly. The Marines and Corpsmen moved into the city where they soon received an on-the-job education in urban warfare. The Marines, keeping to their mantra of “Adapt, Adjust and Overcome” fought for not only every block, but for control of each building. The Marines worked their way from the ground floor and up every floor that followed and on to the roof itself clearing enemy troops. The Marines encountered stiff resistance for every inch that was taken. The Marine commander on the field reported that they were fighting a larger force than 500 VC and they were being hampered by trying to preserve buildings. The Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) sent in reinforcements of ARVN soldiers to help with retaking the city from the much larger force. The Marines with their ARVN allies fought valiantly but causalities were mounting up. Again, the Marine commander complained that protecting structures was impeding their success and costing the lives of his Marines and the ARVN’s. Finally, MACV with the blessing of the South Vietnamese government rescinded the order of protecting the structures of the city. The Marines no longer tethered by restrictions, did what they do best. They fought like “Devil Dogs” unleashing hell’s fury upon the enemy and the city.

On March 3rd the month-long battle for Hue City was over. The 1,600 Marines suffered a 70% causality rate, 147 killed and over 1,100 wounded. Many of these wounded Marines refused to leave the battle for Hue, and as soon as they were patched up, they returned to fight. The ARVN’s suffered 333 killed, 1,773 wounded and 30 missing. The causality rate among the 8,000 NVA and 2000 VC force was over 91% collectively; over 6,100 killed and 3036 wounded. The Imperial City of Hue was left in a smoking ruin, leaving over 130,000 homeless, but it was back under allied control.

After Hue was liberated, mass graves were discovered. At the hands of the NVA over 5,000 of the Hue civilian population had been murdered. The bodies of men, women, children, and infants showed signs of torture. Many were bludgeoned to death or buried alive. The deaths of these civilians went largely unreported by the U.S. news media.

Wars are often lost because of the lack of support from both the civilian population, politicians who worry only about getting reelected and by media outlets that only report what fits their narrative. It is true what they say about those who serve in the military. They are the sheepdogs that protect the sheep. Sheepdogs are willing to give 100% to protect the sheep from the wolves who seek to devour them. Sheepdogs are tolerated by the sheep as long as they are not inconvenienced.

Our nation was divided in 1968 and has remained divided long after the Vietnam war ended. The division has only gotten wider over the last 50 plus years. Rather, than lay blame on others for the ills of our nation, we should be asking ourselves what can I do to make our nation better. The first step would be listening to each other and not painting blame upon any one group or person. Once the problem has been identified, then ask the question what can we do together in order to make a sustainable positive change.

Doug Thompson, Chaplain

 dotandjot@aol.com 

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The Legion would like to thank a few individuals and organizations for their support.

YOU! Our loyal customers and supporters!

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KITCHEN HOURS:

Breakfast: Due to staffing issues, we will not be open on Monday or Tuesday for breakfast until further notice.

Wednesday-Saturday 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM

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Dinner- Friday’s only 5:00pm-9:00pm.