After doing an online service last year due to the pandemic, Post 21’s Memorial Day service will be back at Green Ridge Cemetery this year. The Program will begin at 10am near the flag pole:
The agenda for the May 2021 meeting will include:
- Continuation of our discussion on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the death or our Post’s namesake, Paul Herrick.
- Continuation of a discussion on how best to use social media to improve Post communications.
- Memorial Day, Flag Day, and other important upcoming events.
- Color Guard for the Independence Day Parade in Kenosha (and beyond!)
Your input is important, See you there!
Besides the great things The American Legion does Nationally and in Wisconsin, here in Kenosha, we want to make Post 21 the seat of patriotism in our great city. We want it to be a place for Veterans to come for help. We want it to be a place to have social events for the community and our families, and we want it to be a place to just gather and swap Sea/War stories.
If you want to Join, I suggest you join from the the National site by just clicking the Join button. If you do it that way, your credit card and personal information is in one place. Here at Post 21, we will never have to ask you for personal information or your credit card information. They even have subscription Plans and a Paid up for Life (PUFL) plan. After you do that, just let us know by using the Contact Us page above, or better yet, showing up at our monthly meeting on the Third Tuesday of each month or contacting us for Zoom credentials to join the meeting online (during the pandemic / and if you are physically unable to attend).
We understand that the word out there is that if you go to the Post you are going to be “volunteered” to do everything, and maybe there is some truth to that, but from my experience, you only do what you want to do. I have been doing a lot because I am retired and I like to keep busy. Keeping this website running and facebook updated is my idea of fun. Cleaning the post after a rental is just a workout without gym fees to me, BUT WE UNDERSTAND IF YOU CAN”T HELP US CLEAN UP.
That said, currently, we really could use some help in the following areas
- Our Historian Gerry Jones, could use some help cataloging the Post History we have been hunting and gathering recently.
- Online Research about Kenosha and the American Legion. Did you know that if you have a Kenosha Public Library Card, you have free access to local Newspaper archives and a library addition of Ancestry.com and other research tools, Online, right from your home? Check it out here: https://www.mykpl.info/digitallibrary
- We are planning on a pretty big event for Pearl Harbor Day 2021 to Honor our Post’s namesake Paul E. Herrick, a son of Kenosha, who was the first person from Kenosha to die during WWII on the USS Arizona. We could use some ideas for fundraising and planning.
- We place flags on veteran graves on Memorial Day. If you would like to help out, please use the Contact Us page.
- On Flag day, we have our annual United States Flag retirement ceremony for unserviceable flags. We are planning a special event this year, and just your presence would be very much appreciated.
- We are always looking for Articles for the this website and our facebook page.
- What do you thing we should be doing for our City and for your fellow veterans?
Again if you have any questions Contact Us, we would be happy to hear from you!
I just sent out to ZOOM credentials to all members. If you did not get the email, I probably do not have your correct email address. Contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you squared away. Hope to see you there.
ATTENTION: Post 21 is going to have a VIRTUAL Member Meeting on Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm.
We will be using ZOOM for the meeting. The Facebook stream will be available as usual if you just want to listen in.
YOU DO NTO HAVE TO DOWNLOAD THE ZOOM APP TO ATTEND THE MEETING. The web page version works just fine.
I plan on having a dry run on Monday, January 18 at 7pm if you want test your equipment. Keep a lookout for an email from email@example.com for login information and a job aid. You can also use that email address if you have any questions or concerns.
“About 2 weeks before Christmas on Dec 11th, I looked out my window on the 3rd floor of the Harbor Park condos to look for the US flag and the VFW flag that usually fly on top of the American Legion Post 21. It’s become a habit to check the flags for the wind direction and weather conditions before I head out for the day, even in the winter, since I learned to sail when I moved downtown a couple of years ago. The weather had been terrible for a couple of days with lots of rain and heavy winds so when I looked out and didn’t see the flags posted on that Dec 11th, I didn’t think much of it. I figured there had been a tornado warning a couple of weeks before, the weather had been consistently bad for a couple of days, and although I have never NOT seen the flags posted, I figured they had been taken down to be protected from the nasty weather we were having lately. I headed out to grab a coffee. My route took me past the American Legion and I looked up to see the American flag draped across the front of the building and whipping around in the wind.
About 5 years ago I watched a youtube video called Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It. It explains really well to the regular citizen why it’s so important that the flag never touches the ground and why the flag is so respected. My daughters and I rewatch it every 4th of July.
Secondly, one of my father’s most prized possessions was his VFW flag. He was a Vietnam veteran and never talked about the war until very late in his life. One thing he did tell me was that he was not treated well when he returned from Vietnam. He passed in Nov 2017 from complications from Agent Orange. I learned over the later years how important VFW/MIA was to him.
It might not be obvious from this main page, but we have been adding and changing a lot of the pages you can find under the Main menu. If you don’t see them on your mobile device you have to press the “Hamburger” ( the three lines on top of each other next to the word Menu) to get to the full Menu.
Be sure to check out these recent entries: Pearl Harbor Remembrance 2020 under the History Menu and our new community Menu which features a holiday video made by Post Financial Officer and Judge Advocate Steve Tindall.
Have a Delightful Holiday Season, and a Very Happy New Year!
On Tuesday, September 19, 2020 a ceremony was held by the Kenosha County Veterans Council at the Moose Lodge / Hero’s Cafe to announce their yearly awards.
Among the award recipients were Post 21 Second Vice Commander / Service Officer Phillip Morris who won the Veteran of the Year Award, and 25 Year Post 21 Member Al Vittori, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement of the Year. Other award winners were, Civilian Organization of the Year, Festival Foods on 80th St, Veteran Service Organization of the Year, Kenosha VFW Post 1865, and Auxillary of the Year, Sonja McClure.
The awards were presented by County Board Supervisor, District 10, Andy Berg. The KCVC Annual Banquet Ceremony scheduled for this past March had been cancelled due to the pandemic.
When we wore the uniforms of our country, and for those that still do, we did not wear our uniforms to political events. We did not endorse a candidate or party with our name, rank and branch of service. The United States military was and is, apolitical.
The American Legion adopted this policy when it was founded. The Legion cannot be effective if we appear as a political organization, we must be apolitical. If you use social media to share your political views, please remove any Legion related apparel, etc., from your profile picture.
We served to protect the right to vote. Volunteer for your candidate, consider becoming a poll worker, use social media express your views, be involved in the political process. When this election is over, remember we are all Americans. One Nation Indivisible.
VOTE, and encourage others to do the same.
For God and Country,
Larry Lewens, Past Commander, Post 21
Because of the pandemic, member meetings have been cancelled until January. That does not mean that we are not active. We are working on improvements to the kitchen to enhance our ability to earn funds necessary to fulfill our primary mission of helping Veterans, our community, and our country. As soon as the Executive Board approves the minutes I’ll be sending out a summary.
We have some plumbing work that needs to be done, and Jerry Jones is back as the Historian Committee Chairman. He has done a outstanding job of saving and organizing our Post history, and we have started a project to digitize articles and pictures. Anyone interested in helping out should contact us.