News Around the District

2nd District
The "Skunks" for 2019-2020 on a recent trip to National Headquarters in Indianapolis.  2nd District
Commander Roger Norfolk (2nd from right) is pictured with other District Commanders and Department
Commander Jim Kessler, Adjutant John Derner and Membership Chairman Don Swan.  The name
"Skunks" comes from the cap District officers wear...blue with a white strip down the middle...a name
this year's District Commanders are embracing with pride!
~submitted by Roger Norfolk, Marion Post 298
Commander, 2nd District
Davenport Post 26

2nd District Commander Roger Norfolk installs the officers for 2019-2020 during the
Davenport Post 26 meeting on August 12th.  Later during the meeting, Commander Roger
provided some of his vision and goals for the District for the upcoming year.
~submitted by Don Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Media Association (NALMA)
Olin Post 412

Legionnaires of Blayney-Miner-Ahrendsen Post 412 played a huge role in the success of the annual
Olin Jamboree on August 3rd.  Shown is the Post Color Guard leading the Jamboree Parade.
Post 412 Paid-Up-For-Life member Harold Rohwedder (rear seat of convertible) served as
Grand Marshal of the parade.  Harold served as a Sonar Technician on the destroyer
USS Nicholas during World War II and was on the ship in Tokyo Bay during the signing of
the Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
Blue Grass Post 711 & Walcott Post 548
Operation Horses and Heroes is a Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) program for Veterans
and their families that incorporates horses for mental and behavioral health therapy and
personal growth.  The program was returning for the second time to the Blue Grass area and
was held August 2-4, 2019.

Walcott Post 548 Legionnaire Mel Brus (left), Post Commander Brian Mengler (center) and
property owner Nancy Harrison (right) raise flags during the set-up for Operation Horses and
Heroes on August 1st.  Twenty-two (22) flags were posted around the property representing the
twenty-two (22) Veterans lost to suicide each day.

Property owner, host and Blue Grass Post 711 Legionnaire Jeff Harrison (left) is interviewed
by a reporter from Moline, Illinois TV station WQAD News 8.  Looking on is
Jerry Paulsen (right), founder of Operation Horses and Heroes.
~submitted by Don Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Press Association
Blue Grass Post 711
The Blue Grass Post 711 Color Guard leads the way during the Veterans Parade held during
the Mississippi Valley Fair, on August 4th.  Representing the Post is Color Guard Commander
Ben Lorenzen, Fritz Homann, Gary Berndt, Maurice Pranger, Polly Graham, Kirk Graham,
Lee Schmidt, Larry Plett and Ken Miller.


The Budweiser Clydesdales also participated in the Veterans Parade during the Mississippi
Valley Fair.  Blue Grass Legionnaire Mike Lake (right), a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient,
was given the honor of riding along with the team.  The Supervisor of the West Coast Hitch Doug
Bousselot (left) grew up in the 2nd District area, in Calamus, Iowa.
~submitted by Don Arns, Blue Grass Post 711
National American Legion Press Association
Oxford Junction Post 473

Wapsi Post 473 Legionnaires played a large part in making Oxford Junction's annual
4th of July Celebration a huge success.  In addition to recognizing three members for their
long time, consecutive membership and conducting a flag lowering and raising ceremony,
Post 473 members marched in the parade and rode on the Auxiliary's award winning float.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
Oxford Junction Unit 473

Oxford Junction Auxiliary Unit 473 ensured that The American Legion Centennial was
recognized by having a float in the community's Independence Day parade.  Shown above
is Katherine Thornhill, who designed the float and led volunteers who helped construct it.
The float was a key component of this annual event and was well received by all who attended.
The float was also entered in the Wyoming Fair parade on July 12th.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
Dubuque Post 6
District Commander Dick Hogan (right) installs the Dubuque Post 6 officers for
2019-2020, on 9 July 2019.  Commander John Zeimet is the first Commander in the
history of the Post to hold the position for a second term.
~submitted by Roger Norfolk, Marion Post 298
Springville Post 331



On Saturday, June 8th, Springville Post 331 Legionnaires conducted their annual
Flag Retirement Ceremony.  Members of the surrounding community, Linn County
Veterans, members of the Knights of Columbus and members of the Springville Fire
Department were on hand at the Cox Lake Pavilion to retire hundreds of American flags
that had become worn or damaged over the past year.
 
The guest speaker for the afternoon was Army LTC, Retired, Ed Martin, who
served 23 years.
 
After Martin's speech, there was a reading of "Old Glory" and the inspection of the flags
before a flag was cut up and members of the Springville Fire Department disposed of
the flags by burning them.
~submitted by Bill Goodman, Oxford Junction Post 473
National American Legion Press Association
Clinton Post 190
On appropriate days such as Flag Day, June Van Meter Post 190 Legionnaires post
flags at the monument at 5th Avenue South and Riverview Drive in Clinton, Iowa.
~submitted by Gaylord Rolston
Commander, Clinton Post 190

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