Friday, January 25, 2013
Jan. 23 party attended by approximately 100 members of the 837th National Guard Company.
In a show of support for U.S. military forces, Avon Lake American Legion Post 211 donated food for a “send off party” Jan. 23. Approximately 100 members of the Ohio National Guard’s 837th Engineer Mobile Augmentation Company enjoyed the outing, held at the VFW Post 451 in Lorain. The 837th is stationed at the National Guard Armory on Grove Avenue in south Lorain and members are being deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Jan. 28. The 837th is made up of soldiers from all over Ohio and has been training for this deployment since they were notified in November 2011 they would be deployed. Members will travel to Fort Bliss, TX and then to a classified location in Afghanistan. They are expected to remain in …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Santa plus 200 make this year's annual event a success.
More than 200 children and family members recently attended the American Legion Post 211 kids’ Christmas party. The annual event includes treats and a visit from Santa. Photos provided by Bob Quinlan.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
"A date which will live in infamy" is remembered
Seventy years ago today, the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan launched the United States into World War II. If you fly a flag at your home or business, it should be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Pearl Harbor Day. If you cannot fly your flag at half-staff, the American Legion says that a black ribbon or streamer -- about the same width as the stripes on your flag -- above the flag is an acceptable alternative. Some figures from that terrible day: In his address to Congress requesting a declaration of war against Japan, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, called Dec. 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." "No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might …
Monday, June 13, 2011
Flags for disposal can be dropped off June 13 and 14.
Those near the American Legion Post 211 on June 14 might hear gunshots and see smoke. It’s nothing to worry about member John Shondel said. Tuesday, June 14 is Flag Day and traditionally Post 211 conducts a ceremony to properly dispose of American flags that have been brought to the Post during the past year for proper disposal by the American Legion Honor Guard. Shondel said the traditional retreat ceremony includes the sounding of the bugle call "Assembly" with "Retreat" to be sounded at 5 p.m. followed by one volley of blank rifle fire. The American flag is then lowered and presented to the post commander, representing faded, worn or tattered flags that have been dropped off at the Post. “This may take in excess of two hours and will …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Veteran John Shondel and American Legion compiling list to notify when to fly flag at half staff.
Old Glory has a friend in John Shondel. If you don’t know how to fly the flag correctly, he hopes you ask for his advice. As a veteran, John Shondel learned to respect the American flag as his country’s sacred symbol. As an officer of American Legion Post 211 in Avon Lake, he and other post members are making it their mission to teach the community respect for the flag. Shondel said he has noticed inconsistencies in the way people display the flag. This became especially evident to him on March 15, the interment date of Frank Buckles, the last surviving veteran of World War I. President Obama had ordered that all U.S. flags be flown at half staff to honor Buckles. “At noon, I got in my car and drove the main roads in Avon Lake. I often do…