Post 40 Year in Review:
January We started 2015 with our annual New Year’s Eve Pot Luck Dinner. Followed with a party, music, dancing and the Post 40 New Year’s Raffle, giving away $2,000 in raffle cash.
February We soon followed this up with a Super Bowl “Pot Luck” Party with prizes and of course, point boards. Fun was had by many while other suffered the “heart break of defeat”.
Later in February we had our Chili cook-off appreciation dinner. Five different styles of chili plus Frito- pie. Look for information if you would like to enter your chili this year.
March Next up was St Patrick’s Day; the Post 40, American Legion Float participated in the “Son of Erin” parade in Henderson on Saturday. On Friday Post 40 served (and ran out of) traditional “Corned Beef and Cabbage” prepared by Post 40 member Don Mc Cown (as he has for many many years).
April Baseball is in the air. Post 40 supports local American Legion Baseball with an annual financial contribution of up to $3,000 for FY 2015-16.
May Post 40 Car Show. We held our 4th annual, and largest to date, cruise in car show in May. This year’s winner was one of those “aqua” that you can drive to the lake and then into the lake. This year’s winner had been mentioned in an article written a month before in the Wall Street Journal
Memorial Day also falls in May. As a Veteran reading this newsletter this is not our day. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who left home, but did not return. We gather on this day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, and to pay them respect, appreciation, and homage. Post 40 Participated in:
- Placement of Flags at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
- Memorial Day Ceremony at Palm Mortuary
- Memorial Day Ceremony at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
- Post 40 Memorial Day Celebration and Cook-out
June BOYS STATE
Leadership, civic engagement, legislation, government, parliamentary procedures and elections are not the topics you would expect most high school seniors to discuss during their summer vacations. But for 148 of Nevada's brightest students and future leaders, this was their focus from June 21 to June 27, while they attended the week long Nevada Boys' State Leadership Conference. Post 40 sponsored 28 local students to attend this worthwhile program in 2015. Additionally we purchased several hundred dollars in recreational equipment for what limited “play 60” leisure time the participants had.
July Independence Day - Post 40 Cook-out and celebration in the afternoon and enjoying the evenings fireworks from our patio, while enjoying an ice cold adult beverage.
DEVIL PUPS a local youth sponsored program by the Marine Corps League
The Goals of the Devil Pups program is to develop self-discipline, motivation, team work, and a proud sense of responsibility by building confidence and self-worth in the children ages 14-17 years.
Post 40’s contribution in 2015 provided transportation for a 10 day boot camp at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California.
August--- Post 40 honored residences of the Veterans Home in Boulder City by providing a Post 40 Riders escort to and from the Home to Post 40. On arrival at Post 40 the honored residents were greeted with a flag line for their entrance to our Post. After Posting of the Colors by the DAV Honor Guard and singing of the Nation Anthem our guest were treated to wonderful breakfast before returning home for a well-deserved nap.
September - Labor Day Post 40 Cook-out and celebration in the afternoon.
Back to after summer activities.
October – ALR of Post 40 hosted a charity car wash to benefit “One Hero at a Time” . Much money was raised and a generous donation was given to this worthy veteran group.
Post 40 started a new tradition (reason to eat and drink at our place) “Legion Fest” a take-off on October Fest but with more than just German beer and Sausage. Our first venture was a big success with raffle, and door prizes, people are asking about next year.
Also in October is Halloween-Post 40 is proud to have again hosted Danny Montano’s Halloween Party, benefiting the School of Mines and Post 40. The costumes and participation this year was fantastic and a great time was had by all, additionally a nice contribution was made to the Post and School of Mines.
November – The 1st Saturday in November, Post 40 held a Veteran Day Cook-out at the Post. It was a well-attended celebration with music, door prizes and the drawing of our winner for our riffle raffle. Then again on Veterans Day we again celebrated with good food and drink. Additionally, we were represented in the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade by our ALR and also at the Ceremonies at the Veterans Home in Boulder City.
Post 40 and DAV Chapter 12 sponsored a day to assist Veterans in filing and/or completing VA paperwork. DAV provided 4-5 qualified service officers and they were keep them busy all day answering questions and helping with the proper forms. This event was open to all veterans, not just Post 40 members. We hope to do this at least once a quarter in the future.
Post 40 again hosted a couple turkey’s, and a large ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dressing to go along with our members pot luck contributions for a most successful Thanksgiving Dinner. Our dinner gets bigger and better each year. So consider us next year.
To end our busy month we once again honored the residents of the Boulder City Veterans Home. This time we added a special touch with entertainment from the “Sweet Adelines”.
December -- On December 12, The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 40 again participated in the Wreath Laying Ceremony at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. As a sponsor/supporter of Wreaths Across America, Squadron 40 raised over $3,600 for 360 wreaths. This year our veterans cemetery received 2600 total wreaths, the most ever, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
We again had our Prime Rib dinner prepared by Phil Perlman and Andy Pasinski. And again it was delicious. This is a prepaid meal and the post fell a little short on the marketing end but for those who did attend a great meal was enjoyed.
Wrapping up the year will be the Christmas Pot Luck. This year will feature traditional turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and prime rib sandwiches, plus the pot luck treats.
A special thanks to our members and guests who help year round; whatever is needed at the post.