Anoka American Legion will celebrate the 95th birthday of the American Legion on Saturday, March 15.
The Legion will celebrate with a social hour from 6-7 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.
Special guests that evening will be Minnesota American Legion, Department Commander, Mike Ash; President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Shirley Frederick; SAL Detachment leader for Minnesota, John Affolter and the Junior Auxiliary President, Kaetlin Ferlund.
Ash is a 42 year member of the American Legion. He served in the Air Force for more than 20 years as an intelligence analyst. He belongs to Christie DeParcq Post 406 in St. Paul, is a member of the SAL, the 40-8, ANAVICUS and Amvets. Ash has held many offices at the district, state and national level and works as an account specialist for special education in Minneapolis.
His project for the year is to complete the new learning center at Legionville.
Frederick is a 49 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of Hackensack Unit #202. She has served most offices in her unit and has served as 6th District President for two years. Frederick is involved in the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce, her church and quilting. Her theme is “Patriotism-Thank our Veterans-Teach our children.”
Affolter is a 13-year member of Lorentz Squadron #11 in Mankato. He is eligible for membership through his late father. Affolterserved in the Army Signal Corps. He belongs to the American Legion and was a SAL District Commander, Past District Adjutant and State Children and Youth Chairman. Affolter’s project is Legionville.
Fernlund is a senior at St. Cloud Tech High School. She is very involved with her school, church, legion functions, and any volunteer opportunity she can get her hands on. Her theme this year is “touching the hearts of our veterans one stepping stone at a time.” . Her project is to raise money for craft kits. These kits not only give the VA veterans something to do when they are bored, but also provide mental and physical therapy
The veterans are even given a chance to enter their projects into the creative arts festival where they will be recognized, judged, and rewarded for their great talents.
The American Legion is a club for veterans and their guests and also opens to the public.