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Breaking News:

You can re-new your Legion dues online!

Go to Mylegion.org and register.

https://mylegion.org/PersonifyEbusiness/Home

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.

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BANDS ARE BACK!

CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR PAGE FOR BANDS, DATES & TIMES

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Meetings in June

Auxiliary – 6/6  @ Legion 

Riders 6/7 @ Legion 6:00 PM

Legion Board meeting 6/13 @ Legion 6:00 PM

Legion Floor Meeting 6/13 7:00 PM

SAL 6/21 @ 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:

I write this message the morning (April 20th) after I had returned from the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. As we were flying home, I became lost in deep thought. As things came to mind, I would think about them briefly and my mind would soon wander off to another thought. Even though these random thoughts seemed disconnected, the further I traveled back in time they became more connected like an intricate tapestry. Yet, there was a piece missing. What it was I could not grasp to pull it to the surface of my conscience mind. The harder I tried the more elusive it became. By the time I got home I felt physically exhausted, but my mind was fully awake. What was it that played just below the surface of my mind? Maybe I would find the answer in the letters from family, friends and even strangers that I received on my return flight from Washington, DC. I stayed up past midnight reading those letters. Each letter humbled and surprised me because I didn’t realize how strong of a positive impact I have had upon others. Yet, I could not find the one thing that kept eluding me, and so I finally yielded to a much-needed sleep.

When I awoke, I thought of my brother Chris who is undergoing treatments for cancer and today is his birthday. Chris is the baby of the family and he is 16 years younger than me. As I thought about Chris, I recalled my first day home after being discharged from the service. Chris came home from school and was all excited to see his big brother and after hugs and kisses he ran off to tend to his pet rabbits. My next youngest brother Greg (a high school senior) and I stepped out the back door as we watched Chris feed and water his rabbits. Suddenly Chris came running back towards us carrying a ball of fur in his arms, shouting “You have to save him!” With tears streaming down his face he held up a rabbit that appeared listless and very ill. He said, “You’re a Corpsman and I know you can save him! You have to!” I took the rabbit from my nine year old brother and as I examined it I noticed a large cut in one of it’s back legs. The bone was exposed and the injury was very badly infected. I wanted to tell my brother that it was hopeless but his pleading tear-filled eyes stopped me short. All I could muster was that I would try. Turning to Greg I told him to get some things I would need. When Greg disappeared into the house to retrieve the items I requested I took the rabbit over to the picnic table and told Chris that I would have to amputate the leg in order to save the rabbit but there was no guarantee, and I needed him to be brave.

Using the skills that I had learned from some of the best surgeons I had trained under as an independent Corpsman, I prepped the leg for surgery but I wasn’t certain how this rabbit would react without anesthesia. Greg wrapped the rabbit in a towel as I removed hair and cleaned the infected wound. To help eliminate the anxieties of my two brothers I explained each step before I would operate. Using a razor sharp pocket knife I began cutting through the skin and muscle well above where the infection had spread, then I showed them the small artery that I would have to tie off before I cut any further. Once all the soft tissues had been cut I retracted the muscles back so I could expose more bone to perform a resection which would allow me to suture the tissues together. As I was suturing the muscles together, dad came home from work and came around the house to welcome me home. Dad approached and asked what I was doing? I told him I was trying to save the rabbit’s life by doing an amputation. Dad said, “I think it is a waste of time. You’ve grown soft since you’ve been away. You should just kill it so it won’t suffer.” Without looking up all I said was, “I’ve seen enough death to last me ten life times and I am going to try and save this one rabbit.” With that dad just walked away and went into the house. When I finished suturing the skin I showed Chris how to dress the wound and I explained that the dressing needed to be changed at least twice a day and the antibiotic ointment applied with each dressing change. Ten days later I removed the sutures and the leg showed signs of healing and the rabbit was responding and had adapted itself to three legs. The rabbit died eventually of old age many years later.

As for me, I think saving that rabbit was the starting point of a long healing process but the final dressing change took place when someone said “Welcome home” when I returned home from the Honor Flight. I encourage all of you who have not gone on the Honor Flight to please do so. Because sometimes our wounds are not visible and like that little nine year old boy with a tear streaked face holding up his pet rabbit, you must have complete trust and faith.

Doug Thompson, Chaplain

 dotandjot@aol.com 

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

Steven Breen and Pinnacle Plumbing for providing plumbing/AC and Ice machine maintenance

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KITCHEN HOURS:

Breakfast:

Wednesday-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.