The Americanism Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. The Fond du Lac American Legion Auxiliary Unit #75 is excited to offer the Fond du Lac area youth in Grades 3-12 the opportunity to participate in this essay contest!
In Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, he promised, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan,” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. This year’s theme is “How do we keep Lincoln’s promise to our veterans and their families?
The first place local winner in each group will receive a $25 cash prize and a medal. The second place winner will receive a medal. All participants will receive a certificate. Our local program is being sponsored by monies from the Dave and Rose Kuter Family Foundation. Essays will be sent to the State of Wisconsin Americanism Chairperson and are eligible for a $50 prize. State winners are forwarded to the national level.
Please spread the word about this contest! We look forward to sharing the winner’s essays!
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Last month, Post #75 elected and swore in new officers:
Commander: Ed Barnes
1st Vice Commander: Mike Matsche
2nd Vice Commander: Orv Heller
Adjutant: Mike Roatch
Finance Officer: Gail Johnson-Daveau
Executive Committee Members-at-Large: Sally Lloren, Pete Velaso, Brian Stenz, Vicky Melius, Steve Strizek & Jim Wilhelms
Sergeants-at-Arms: Vicky Melius & Kevin Greeno
Chaplain: Jim Guell
History: The Poppy as the memorial flower for the American war dead is a tradition which began in the years following the first World War. Veterans returning to their homes in this country remembered the wild poppies which lined the devastated battlefields of France and Flanders, and the soldiers of all nations came to look upon the flowers as a living symbol of their dead comrades’ sacrifice.
The homecoming of the 32nd Division in Milwaukee in June, 1919 marked the beginning of the American Legion Auxiliary’s poppy program. A coffee doughnut booth decorated with paper poppies was stripped of its floral ornaments twice, and the passers-by who took the poppies left contributions on the counter. Several hundred dollars was contributed for the benefit of disabled veterans.
One of the Women in the booth, Mrs. Mary Hanecy, proposed that distributing poppies on the street at the time of Memorial Day would be an excellent way for the American Legion post to raise money needed for rehabilitation work. Post No. 1 in Milwaukee conducted a poppy distribution on Saturday before Memorial Day, 1920—they distributed 50,000 poppies and netted $5,500 during the first regular conducted Poppy on record.
The poppy program begins each year when veterans start making the flowers. These veterans receive a small amount stipend for their work and they have an opportunity to do something productive. Poppy production is limited, however, to the number ordered by Auxiliary Units.
The purpose of the Poppy Program is to honor veterans for their service and sacrifice by promoting and educating all people about the Poppy.
American Legion Post #75 Family Poppy News:
Poppy Chairman for 2015 will again by Kathryn Curran — 907-1359. Poppies will be given to members of the American Legion Family on Thursday, May 21 from 5-7pm and again on Friday, May 22 . Kathryn will be at the Post at 7:00 am. There will be a sign-up sheet at our May meetings to pick your location and time slot. We need everyone’s assistance. All monies that are donated are designated for programs to benefit veterans. The funds that are collected by members are deposited in the Welfare Funds for the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion. Please help, every hour makes a difference for our veterans.
The Poppy Princess for 2015 will be Ava Woolhether. Ava is the daughter of member Eric Woolhether, and has other family members that are part of our Post. Ava is a 4th grader . She has participated in our Shooting Sports program for three years and has been ranked in the “Top Shooters” for Wisconsin for her age group. She also participates in 4-H and is a high-achiever academically. Congratulations, Ava!
Saturday, June 13th we will be very busy! We’ll start with a brat fry at Open Road Harley Davidson to kick off the 50 mile ride that will culminate at Walleye Weekend at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. We will be kicking off the evening festivities with the headliner band “Hairball.” We may have a guest appearance from the state Legion Commander, Bob Shapell. The band will be followed by a fireworks display! Please join us for at least part of this exciting day. This ride is open to all riders, car clubs, veterans groups and individuals. We would love to see everyone present. This is a great way to show your support of those veterans in our community! We hope to raise enough money to buy a safe, reliable van to transport our Fond du Lac county veterans to medical appointments at the VA Clinic and Hospital.
For more information, see the Fond du Lac Festivals page here.
Download the registration form here:
If you are a member of our Post #75 American Legion family or just someone who wants to support military and our veterans in the Fond du Lac Area, please check out our Events page and calendar. There is so much going on, and so many opportunities to share your patriotism with our community. This summer will be a busy one. We have Memorial Day and Poppy Day to look forward to, as well as Brat Frys and get-togethers at the post. We have some new, exciting things this year as well, like the return of Legion Baseball and the Hearts for Heroes Ride during Walleye Weekend!
It’s all on the calendar… so bookmark it, share it, and take a look!
Did you know that the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary provide many scholarship opportunities for high school students?
Click here to find information on scholarships offered through the American Legion of Wisconsin
Click here to find information on the Americanism and Government Scholarship
Click here to find information on the Spirit of Youth Scholarship Fund through the American Legion Auxiliary
Post #75 even has its own scholarship, the Trier-Puddy Post #75 Harold C. Berkholtz Scholarship. Click here for an application form.
If you know a student who is looking for scholarship opportunities, please share this page! The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are committed to continuing service to our nation’s youth through programs and scholarship opportunities.
On behalf of American Legion Post #75 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin… welcome! We hope that this new website will be a place to share news, events, and camaraderie among our partner organizations — the American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion — and all the other groups that make the Fond du Lac area so vibrant with support for our servicemembers and veterans.
Take a few moments to look around. We will be looking forward to contributions from our members. We take pride in our organization and our community and we hope that those of you with information to share will help us build this website into an information hub for our membership.
If you have information about upcoming events that you think may be appropriate for our site, please contact the webmistress: firstname.lastname@example.org