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DECEMBER IS LEGION FLOOR MEETING MONTH.

ALL LEGION FAMILY MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FLOOR MEETINGS. MEETINGS ARE HELD ON THE MAIN LEVEL OF THE LEGION.

SANTA WILL BE VISITING THE LEGION AGAIN THIS YEAR! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH FROM 11:00AM-2:00PM. SANTA WILL BE ARRIVING ABOARD OUR SOLON FIRE DEPARTMENT’S ENGINE. THERE WILL BE A HOT COCOA BAR, KID COLORING ACTIVITES AND COOKIE DECORATING!

BREAKFAST BUFFET DECEMBER 10TH FROM 8:00-11:00AM.ADULTS $10.99 CHILDREN AGES 6-12 $4.99 UNDER 5 FREE!

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

The Legion has frozen fish for sale. If you liked the fish we had for the Friday night dinners, you can purchase some from the Legion. Fish is packaged in 10lb boxes and there are 2 boxes per case. You can buy a box or a case. Price is $5.00/lb.

WHERE WILL THE HAWKS GO “BOWLING” AT THIS YEAR??

ANNUAL LEGION CHILI COOKOFF TO BE HELD THE DAY OF IOWA’S BOWL GAME. STAY TUNED FOR DATE AND TIME!

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BANDS ARE BACK!

CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR BANDS, DATES & TIMES

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Meetings in December

Auxiliary – 12/5 @ Legion 

Legion board meeting- 12/13

Legion floor meeting – 12/13 @ Legion 6:00pm

SAL 12/20 @ 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:

December 2022

I can hardly believe it is December already and with this month the U.S. Postal Service becomes flooded with an increase in cards, letters, and packages, well over their usual amount. These letters, cards and packages play a significant part in connecting friends and family members all across world.

Despite texting, emails, and phone calls there is something special about receiving a letter or a card from a friend or family member in the mail. Maybe it’s because that piece of mail was once held by the hand of the sender or just knowing that the sender had been thinking of you. I recall a sense of excitement when I was in the service and mail-call was announced. Those letters and cards were private and seldom what was written was shared. Care packages on the other hand were shared. It didn’t matter if the cake or cookies were dry and looked like they had been dropped from a 20-story building; these treats brought back a flood of warm memories of home to everyone who ate the smashed cake or fractured cookies.

During WW II, 855 all-black female battalion, The Central Postal Directory Battalion 6888th was charged with the herculean task of handling a six-month backlog of letters and packages that had been stuffed into rat infested warehouses located in England. In February of 1945, the 6888th Battalion, better known as “The Six Triple Eight” worked under the motto of “No Mail, Low Morale.” They developed a new tracking system, worked in shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week processing around 65,000 pieces of mail per shift. In three months, these ladies broke the six-month backlog of 17 million pieces of mail, twice as fast than what was considered possible. A month later they were sent to liberated France where they were confronted with more backlogged mail, and they doggedly attacked this new mail backlog in record time.

In 2018 “The Six Triple Eight” was finally recognized for their contributions to the war effort of keeping up morale and doing what was thought impossible by the military, proving that skin color and gender had nothing to do with ability. A monument was erected at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to honor these ladies. The 6888th Battalion in 2019 was given the Meritorious Unit Commendation and there is currently a push for the Congressional Gold Medal to be bestowed upon the six surviving members. Even though the medals had not been struck, it was decided to hold the Gold Medal ceremony in July of 2022 for these surviving women. At the ceremony, Major Fannie Griffin McClendon referring to the Congressional Gold Medals said, “Well, it would be nice, but it never occurred to me that we would even qualify for it.” In the words of 102-year-old Romay Davis “I think this event is exciting and something for families to remember. It isn’t just mine. No, it’s everybody’s.”

There is a little more information I would like to share about Romay, after her discharge from the Army she married, had a 30-year career in the New York fashion industry and upon retirement moved to Alabama. Then in her late 70’s she earned her blackbelt in martial arts and rejoined the work force for more than 20 years retiring from a grocery store at the age of 101. She once again proved that gender, race and now age has nothing to do with one’s ability.

I think we should all stand and say thank you to the ladies of “The Six Triple Eight” for their dedication to duty. These ladies made “Mail-call” special, because they made it possible for letters or packages from home to be handed out to the GI’s fighting in the European Theater. Your Christmas will be a little brighter if you share this story with family and friends, then hold up a glass of cheer and wish a Merry Christmas to 855 very special American ladies.

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

Please watch the Facebook page and website for the most up to date information.

Dinner- Friday’s only 5:00pm-9:00pm.