Leland American Legion Post 570 and Auxiliary holds Veterans Day service

The Leland American Legion Post 570 and the Auxiliary celebrated 100 years of service Sunday, Nov. 10 with an open house. Members and guests enjoyed cake, punch, and comradery while discussing the various works performed by the American Legion and Auxiliary as well as the support both provide to local veterans and community members. Attending the celebration are, left to right, Auxiliary Treasurer Lorinda Kidd, member Patricia Barnhardt and Auxiliary Secretary Lori Head. (Photo contributed)

LELAND – The Leland America Legion Post 570 and Auxiliary held a Veterans Day service on Nov. 11 at Leland School. Students, faculty, staff, and community members attended to celebrate the veterans who have served. Principal Chris Bickel spoke about the importance of thanking our veterans and several third-grade students read their personal message titled, “A Letter to a Veteran.” Included in the program was The POW/MIA Table, also known as “a fallen comrade table.” This is a ceremony and memorial that is set up in military dining facilities of the United States Armed Forces and during official dining functions, in honor of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.

Also held on Monday was the Veterans Day Dinner at the Leland American Legion Hall. The dinner was open to the public. Veterans ate for free as a thank you for all they have done for our country while non-veterans gave a donation of their choice to the American Legion for their meal, which will be used to provide more services to local veterans.

The Leland American Legion Post held a fundraiser to fund its good works. The Queen of Hearts raffle started Friday, Nov. 2 and finally concluded with a big winner on Friday, Nov. 8. The final pot was worth $53,000 and was split 50/50 between the winner and the American Legion. Jackie Jess of Earlville was the lucky ticket holder and took home $20,146.

Throughout the many months of this event, American Legion and Auxiliary members volunteered their time to sell tickets to numerous locals and members of surrounding communities. American Legion president, Lance Brown said, “the community came out in support of this fundraiser, which we greatly appreciate, and we had fun visiting with everyone.” Stay tuned because the Leland American Legion will be kicking off the roaring twenties with another Queen of Hearts drawing.

The next Leland American Legion Post 570 meeting will be held Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 168 N. Main St. in Leland.

The Legion meeting is always held the second Friday of the month at 6 p.m., unless otherwise stated.

The next Leland American Legion Post 570 Auxiliary meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The Auxiliary meeting is always held the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise stated; however, the Auxiliary does not have a January meeting planned.

For more information about the American Legion or the Auxiliary, please call the hall at (815) 495-2263.