By Teresa Jagodzinski
WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER, MN For the brave men and women who have proudly and honorably served our country in times of conflict, the American Legion is there to support them and their families.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community service organization to aid veterans of the armed forces.
American Legion Post 145 (Howard Lake)
In 1922 Post 145 was established as a national organization of veterans of all wars to serve God, country, and their communities to ensure the freedoms that were fought for do not get taken away.
Two annual observances conducted by Post 145 are Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
The post supports the community and local school by sponsoring the Boys and Girls State, Boys and Girls County, Legion baseball, high school programs and scholarships.
It also provides military funeral honors for deceased veterans.
Officers are Legion Commander Darrin Blanchette, Vice Commander Gary Schmidt, Finance Officer Gene Birkholz, Adjutant Dennis Frey, and Membership Chairman Tom Main.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Contact any post officer for more information.
Ray Kirkpatrick Legion Post 463 (Lester Prairie)
Fifteen veterans were present when the Ray Kirkpatrick American Legion Post 463 was chartered May 20, 1920.
Post 463 sponsors a youth baseball team, Boys State representative, and school patrol training in the elementary school.
Brochures are provided to the school which deal with safety and family issues, and they donate to the After Prom party at the local high school.
The post meets monthly from September to May on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at city hall.
For more information contact Commander Chester Hoernemann at (320) 395-2495.
New Germany American Legion
Formed in 1946, the New Germany American Legion provides color guard assembly for funerals, and parades.
It also celebrates Memorial Day and hosts turkey bingo at Thanksgiving.
American flags can be purchased from the Legion in two sizes, 3’ x5’ and 4’ x 6’.
The post also has family support groups for military families.
The club meets regularly at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month from October through June at the New Germany City Hall.
Roger Sauerbrey is the post commander. For more information, contact Sauerbrey at (952)657-2431.
Waverly American Legion Post 305
Established in 1922 Post 305 sponsors Boys and Girls State, Boys and Girls County, Legion baseball, and high school programs and scholarships.
They also march in the Memorial Day parade.
Military funerals are provided for deceased veterans with priority going to current Legion members.
Meetings are held the second Thursday in February through May and September through November at Humphrey Elementary.
Officers are Commander Charlie Borrell, Adjutant Leroy Custer, and Treasurer Pat Kittock.
Membership dues are $30 a year, and there are approximately 30 members.
Contact Borrell at (763)658-4179 for more information.
Martin Krueger American Legion Post 407 (Winsted)
Established August 27, 1920 the American Legion is for veterans to serve God, country, and community.
The post works on a number of ongoing projects throughout the community.
These include sponsoring youth attendance at Boys State, renovating the Legion building, providing Christmas gifts for veterans in area care centers and Veterans administration hospitals.
For local families that have loved ones in the military, the Legion distributes a Blue Star Banner to them.
Other projects of Post 407 include sponsoring Winsted Boy Scouts, providing drivers for the senior dining program Meals-on-Wheels, supporting the blood donor program, and making charitable contributions.
Annual Memorial Day observances and Veterans Day dinner are also conducted by the Legion.
The Legion has pancake breakfasts the first Sunday of each month, and dinners throughout the year.
Officers are Commander Rose Heimerl, Finance Officer Chris Otto, Membership Chip Guggemos, and Chaplain Gordon Kubasch.
Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion hall.
Contact Guggemos at (320) 485-4332 for more information.