The American Legion, The Department of Iowa, Post 298  

Post 298 

 

Unit 298 

Squadron 298

Riders Chapter

 

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Post 298 has had changes proposed to the Constitution and Bylaws.  Click on the blue links to go to the in-progress document.  We will vote on the changes at our April meeting.

Some Photos from the Legion Birthday Celebration.   Photos by Ron Williams.

 

 

This is the winner of our Fifth Grade Flag Essay Contest.  The rest may be seen here.

Echo Hill School
Student writer: Vivian Hartwig
Teacher: Ms. Bobbie Hugo

What the Flag Means To Me

Have you ever thought about the American Flag and what it means to you? I have thought about that question. To me the flag symbolizes freedom and our military veterans.

In America we enjoy many freedoms. The flag is a symbol for those freedoms. Our freedoms include the right to go to school, to vote for our own leaders, to choose our own religion, and the freedom of speech. The freedoms of our citizens make America an amazing country. These freedoms have been protected by our nation's military members and veterans.

One veteran, Deborah Sampson, was an indentured servant for 10 years. After her ten years were over she was free, but what freedoms did she have? During the late 1700's women were expected to marry young. However, Deborah Sampson was in no hurry to marry. Instead, Sampson dressed in men's clothing and enlisted in the Continental Army to fight for freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Veterans and current military members have continued to fight for America's freedom. People join the military for the honor of serving their country and a sense of duty to help others. They are brave and sacrifice many things including time from their families and sometimes their lives. I am proud to be the daughter of two Air Force veterans who have served to protect our freedom.

The American flag is a symbol for freedom that we enjoy in this country. This freedom is only possible because of the sacrifices that our military members have made and still make. Think About it. What does the flag mean to you?

 

This cabnet was built by Chuck Martinec to display the memorial bricks prior to being installed in the Memorial wall. The cabnet was built by Chuck and the materals were furnished by Linda Randklev.

                                 

The 2014 Legion Scholarship Application can be found Here.

The Unit 298 Merit Application is Here, and Second District Application is Here.

The American Legion prepares for the Centennial - Marion has a page - http://centennial.legion.org/ 

If you struggle with depression, this is a group that can help.  Click on the picture.

 


Still serving: itís who we are

In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nationís veterans, its servicemembers, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens. These programs make a difference in hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

Our organizationís positions and programs are guided by resolutions passed by American Legion National Convention delegates, and by committee and commission members who represent 2.5 million wartime veterans and their families. These programs, and the men and women who take the time to perform them allow The American Legion to make a difference on the local, state and national levels.

Itís who we are and what we do.

Find out more here.

To join: www.legion.org/join

Beginning July 1, 2011, all members of The American Legion were given the option to renew their membership and pay their dues online for the following  membership year. To learn more about the procedures, visit www.legion.org/renew to view instructional videos

Post 298 is on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Legion-Post-298-Marion-Iowa/156988394322505 


Legion Meetings are the Second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM

Bar operating hours are:
1 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
     Closed Sundays

To rent the hall for receptions, banquets, or other events, contact Leonard Olson.  Please call the post at 319-377-8320.

Telephone
319-377-8320
 
Postal address
625 31st St., Marion, IA 52302-0194
Electronic mail
General Information: ialeg298@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor 298newsletter@gmail.com 
Webmaster: sabot6.76@gmail.com 

 

The American Legion stands for a strong America. There is no better way to bring this about than to work with the youth of our land in preparing them to meet the tasks they will face in the years to come. Through its many youth activities, The American Legion is playing the leading role in developing future citizens of America.


Our Beginnings

  The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.


Who We Are

Since its chartering by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has been based on four founding principles:

  • Service to Veterans
  • Care and Education of Children
  • Americanism
  • Strong National Defense 

These four founding principles are being implemented through some 57 Legion programs by Veterans who truly care about the fate of our nation and the kind of world which is left to our posterity. If you are a Veteran, "Get Involved" and continue to serve and preserve the nation you defended.


What We Do

Our Post strives to be much more than a club with a bar, but to give to the Community, State, and Nation.  What we have done in a year:

1550 hours donated to VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa
25 needy veterans helped
120 units of blood given
32 funeral honors given to veterans who need not be members
2 boys sent to Boys State
Sponsor Cub Scout Pack 58
Conducted competition for American Legion Oratorical Contest
Conducted 5th grade Flag Essay Contest
Awarded 2, $1,000 scholarships to Linn-Mar and Marion students
Gave 15 Flag folding and etiquette programs at schools
Posted colors at all Marion and Linn-Mar High School football games
Provided apples for all the teachers in the community in thanks for their work with children.
Sponsored a Legion World Series of Baseball team
Provided color guards at various community and metropolitan functions
Members logged over 25,000 volunteer hours in the community
Provided Welcoming groups to Soldiers Returning from combat
Provided memberships to over 15 deployed service members
Participated in Operation Package Drop contributing money and donating supplies sent to deployed soldiers
The Legion Family donated over $800 to relieve the plight of Hurricane Katrina survivors

Donated funds to:
Marion Parks and Recreation
Marion Library
Marion Heritage Center
American Red Cross
Foundation 2, children at risk agency
Four Oaks, mental health center
Tanager Place, child advocacy agency
Post Prom school sponsored parties
Sports booster
Special Olympics
Camp Courageous
VA Disabled Veteran's Van
American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund


Links

Click on the Iowa flag to go to the Department web site

Click on the Legion emblem to go to the National web site

Click on the Linn County emblem to go to the County Veteran's Assistance site

Click on the DAV emblem to go to their site

Click on the VFW emblem to go to their site

Click on the VA emblem to go to their site

Click on the POW emblem to go to the P.O.W. Network site

Click on the picture to go to the Iowa National Guard web site.



2nd District Web Site

Click on the logo to go to Mylegion.org

 

Click on the individual Service Emblem to go to that site


 

Contact Information

Telephone
319-377-8320
Postal address
625 31st St., Marion, IA 52302-0194
Electronic mail
General Information: ialeg298@gmail.com
Newsletter Editor 298newsletter@gmail.com 
Webmaster: Sabot6.76@gmail.com
 

 

 

 

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                We Shall Never Forget!

                                            

                               

President Abraham Lincoln as stated in the Gettysburg Address

 "From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the 
last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."

02 April, 2014   Last update