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American Legion Holds
Vet Day Weekend
The American Legion Post 690 is holding a Veteran’s Day program and other related activities on Saturday, November 10th and 11th at the Veteran’s Memorial at Community Park and at the American Legion Post at 122 West Palatine Road in Palatine.
The weekend begins on November 10th with an open house at the American Legion post with snacks, appetizers and a cash bar from noon until 3:00 PM. “During the open house and throughout the weekend we will be collecting donations for Veterans Exiting Homelessness,” said Erica Bartnicki, project co-chair. “We are collecting home goods to help veterans set up their first home after exiting homelessness. We are accepting donations such as kitchen utensils, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.”
On Saturday, following the open house the Legion will hold their monthly bingo night starting at 7:00 PM with the doors opening at 6:00 PM and an early bird game at 6:30 PM. Cards cost $20.00 for six cards and $25.00 for nine cards per game. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes.
The Veterans Day observance will be held on Sunday, November, 11th starting at 11:00 AM at the Veterans Memorial at Community Park on the corner of Northwest Highway and Wood Street. Representatives from the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion will speak. The Legion color guard and rifle squad will also participate.
“Following the ceremony,” said Ed Behrens, project co-chair, “attendees are invited back to the American Legion to honor those who have served our country in the military. The Post is making a focused effort to reach out to Cold War, post-Gulf War and post 9-11 vets. The American Legion is a great place to network and connect with local vets from across all the different eras. We have them all here at the Palatine Post.”
“To help the community honor our veterans, we will be selling American flags from our clubroom in the American Legion,” said Gerard Iannuzzelli, Commander of the Sons of the American Legion. “Flags are $20.00 each. We also have flag poles and mounting hardware for an additional $10.00.”
The American Legion Family consists of the American Legion, the Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) and Legion Auxiliary. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary began in 1919 while the S.A.L. was created in 1932 as patriotic veterans organizations devoted to mutual helpfulness. These organizations are committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
For further information on the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion, any of their sponsored events or for membership write to their respective organizations at 122 West Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067, call them at 847-359-1606 or visit their web site at www.alpost690.us.