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ATTENTION:
Per Governor Reynolds proclamation this morning, We regrettably must close the bar and in-house dining down until April 1st, 2020. This includes all activities that were scheduled for the remainder of March.
We are able to keep the kitchen open for carry-out and deliveries.

Please take advantage of our kitchen and, our outstanding new Chef Jesse.

KITCHEN HOURS:

Monday – Saturday 11:00AM-7:00PM

(Friday, later if needed during Fish Fry)

Sunday’s 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Carry out, curb-side pick up and delivery is available. Full menu available all day.

Friday Lenten Fish, Shrimp, cheesy potatoes and coleslaw will be available as well.

Call us at 319-624-2277 to place your orders!

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


News and Upcoming Events

VIETNAM MOVING WALL INFORMATIONAL AND COMMITTEE FORMATION MEETING MARCH 21ST

SOLON CITY HALL @ 6:00 PM

New posting on the Commanders page. 

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A message from our Chaplain:

The following message in blue font are not my words. They are the words of Larry Friese, a former Marine Corps A6 Intruder Bombardier/Navigator and POW in North Vietnam.

I have never met Larry but he was gracious to allow me to use his words for this month’s Chaplain’s message. Larry was shot down near Hanoi in Vietnam and spent 1839 days in a prison located in Hanoi, known as the “Hanoi Hilton” after evading capture for four days. The isolation, starvation, disease, parasites, dehydration and torture he endured was enough to break the spirit of any man. I know this because I am lucky enough to know another former POW, Guy Gruters, who has sat in my kitchen and shared these things with me. In the short time I have known Guy, we became not only friends, we became brothers. I feel as if he were my older brother but Guy prefers to call us “Twins.” I guess that means he’s the oldest twin. I will stop here and let Larry share his story of rebirth.

Today, March 14, Shaz (Jerry Marvel) and I (Larry Friese) always called each other to say “Happy Birthday” because it’s the day we were REBORN (3/14/73).

On release day, we stood in formation at Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi as they called off our names one at a time and we marched single-file up that big ramp that drops down under the tail of a C-141 Starlifter and we took a seat, and then we sat there FOREVER. The thought kept crossing my mind that this is a dream– this isn’t happening, something’s going to make this operation get canceled.

After a million years we started to Taxi and we eventually got to what’s called the “long position”. Again, another million years elapsed while the pilot awaited final clearance for take-off, and FINALLY, the pilot poured the coal to the aircraft, which began the world’s longest take-off roll.

My brain had never been so confused–I’d had this dream a thousand times.

There were, I think 107 of us on that aircraft–one was John McCain. We had all been in that prison for let’s say an average of five years. Eventually we built up the necessary speed to fly, and when the wheels of that Starlifter came off of that piece of ground called North Vietnam, more than 500 man-years of pent-up fighter pilot emotion was suddenly released–like I mean there was just a little noise in the belly of that bird. We were once again what you call AIRBORNE!!

We climbed up through the goo and eventually experienced that magic moment called “punching through”–we penetrated the tops of the clouds, and there above us was a solid hemisphere of blue sky, which was a symbol and a feeling of freedom that to this day I call on and regularly relive.

An ex-POW never has a bad day!

When our day seems to be less than what we hoped; let us reflect upon Larry’s words of the freedoms we take for granted. Let us never forget that 3,551 airmen were shot down in Vietnam and taken prisoner. Only 472 came home, that is 6 out of every 7 to die at the hands of their captors. Happy Birthday Larry, Jerry, Guy, and Ray Vohden whose POW bracelet I wore until his release and to all our POW brothers who returned home from North Vietnam. 

Doug Thompson, Chaplain


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