The Anoka American Legion will celebrate the 94th birthday of the American Legion March 16.
The American Legion is a club for veterans and their guest and also opens to the public. The Anoka Legion will be celebrating the birthday dinner with a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. and a stuffed pork chop dinner following at 7 p.m.
The special guests that evening will be Department Vice Commander Larry Pocrnich, First Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary Shirley Frederick, SAL Detachment leader for the Eighth and 10th District Bill Stein and the Junior Auxiliary President Grayson Roers.
Pocrnich lives in Hibbing and belongs to Cobb-Williams-Nehiba, Post 222. He is a seven-year member of Post 222 and has served three years in the Army Military Police in Germany. Pacrnich has been and is still very active in the post and in the Eighth District as well as being district commander in the year 2010-11.
He has been a POW-MIA chairman and belongs to 40&8 Voiture 806, Family Readiness Group, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Cub and Boy Scouts and ISFAC.
Frederick is a 49-year member of Hackensack Unit #202. She has served most offices in her unit and has served as Sixth District president for two years. Frederick is involved in the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, her church and quilting.
Stein is a 43-year member of the Wayzata Post. He lives in Wayzata, is a dual member of the SAL and the Legion and is a life member of both the Montrose VFW and the St. Cloud DAV. Stein has been very involved in Legion and SAL chairmanship and has been 10th District Legion commander.
Roers from Randolph has has been an auxiliary member since birth. She belongs to Madison Unit 158 and has held the offices of Department of Minnesota Second Vice President in 2010, Department of Minnesota First Vice President in 2011, and now Department of Minnesota Honorary Junior President.
She attends many conferences and actually had the privilege of attending Girls State in the summer. Her project this year is “Colorful Care for Our Lady Veterans,” raising money to update the women’s center at the VA Hospital.