News and Upcoming Events
LEGION BOARD & FLOOR MEETINGS THIS MONTH
BOARD MEETING 5:00 PM
FLOOR MEETING 6:00 PM – ALL LEGION FAMILY INVITED
American Legion of Iowa Foundation Golf outing. Contact Larry Swann, or stop into the Legion for a pamphlet, for more information on this great cause. Date is Monday June 17th. Tee off is at 10:00am.
Boys State Participants Needed
We are looking for two participants for Boys State Convention. This is a great experience to learn more about the American Legion and the inter workings of our governmental system. If you, or someone you know, would like more information, contact Jim Leland at 319-530-4152.
A message from our Chaplain:
June 5th 75 years ago would be the start of the longest day of World War II. Allied Airborne Forces; Glider Infantry and Paratroopers landed in France. Only to find themselves scattered all across France with the majority missing their assigned drop zones. Some, landing in flooded fields would drown because they were unable to free themselves from the weight of equipment they carried. Some never made it from the planes or gliders that carried them. Those who did make it to the ground safely found themselves surrounded amid the ensuing chaos. Undaunted, these paratroopers and glider infantrymen from different divisions linked up and headed for the closest bridges or towns that needed to be secured. These men would fight and hold on to their objectives of opportunity until relieved.
Day break June 6th, Allied Forces would land on the beachheads of Normandy France. These men would face withering machine gun fire and zeroed in artillery. The surf along the Normandy coastline would turn red with their blood. The beaches became littered with the mangled bodies of the dead and the dying their screams of agony could be heard above the din of a raging battle. A battle, that would mark the beginning of the end of Hitler’s war.
I encourage, all of you to set aside one minute everyday during the month for the total of just 30 minutes. During that minute stand in silence or say a prayer of thanks to honor those men who sacrificed so much for the cause of freedom. Keep in mind, that 209,000 Allied Troops died that day. That one minute of time you set aside each day for the month of June represents 6, 967 men who died to free Europe and stop Hitler’s dream of world conquest.
Doug Thompson, Chaplain
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