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Henry M. Guttormson, Post #40

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440



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    The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery - Preston is honored to officially be a local site for Toys for Tots in Preston.

New unwrapped toys can be dropped off Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Administrative Building now through December 21st.

    SE MN Veteran’s Cemetery, 715 Hwy 52, Preston, MN


WREATHS FOR THE FALLEN will be expanding this year with the addition of the new veteran’s cemetery in Preston Minnesota. This addition will require several hundred additional honor wreaths needed to honor our countries fallen veterans and their families at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries Minnesota this year.

2017 will be the busiest year ever for

    With almost 700 additional interments at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery’s in the last year the challenge for to honor all our country’s fallen veterans is greater than ever.

For a number of years has endeavored to honor all our country’s fallen veterans at the cemeteries by placing a wreath on each veteran’s grave in December.

    “We are in hopes this year we will again be able to honor all our country’s fallen veterans at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery’s in Little Falls and Preston Minnesota” said John Thomas, president of “Now would be an excellent time to send that contribution or sponsorship to honor a veteran” said Thomas.

    “For those that would like to make a general donation to this worthy cause, please feel free to contribute to the wreath general fund for the 2017 event. Information is on the [../../] web site. Everyone is invited to join and assist us with this most worthy program” said Thomas.


New date for wreath distribution

    This year the date for the National Remembrance Ceremony has been scheduled for December 16th, at 11 am, the third (3rd) Saturday in December at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemeteries in Little Falls and Preston.

    For a number of years now the annual ceremony has been conducted at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery’s honoring those veterans that have served honorably for our country. After the ceremony consisting of representatives from each branch of the military, several thousand honor wreaths will be placed on the many markers of our fallen veterans. Many volunteers from Camp Ripley, the Minnesota Patriot Guard, Minnesota Civil Air Patrol, VFW’s, American Legions, and many other civic organizations along with hundreds of families coming from a wide area will perform the honor of placing the honor wreaths on the grave sites. Everyone is invited to come and assist in the wreath distribution.


Due to the limited parking at the cemetery car pooling is recommended.

    The ceremony starts at 11 am sharp. Wreath placement begins at about 11:20 am.

    To have your personal honor wreath hand made and included in this memorable event; send your Name, Address, and Phone number (in case of questions) and a minimum of $15.00 (or more for each wreath requested) to: Wreaths – 5244 Ashdale Ln – Baxter – MN – 56425. Also include the full name and Date of Birth, of the veteran or family member the wreath is for. will confirm the exact location of the grave site number. Please make your check out to “Wreaths”. All contributions are tax deductible.

    For those that would like to make a general donation or sponsor a specific wreath for a loved one, information is on the [../../] web site. Everyone is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony.

    For additional information, contact: John Thomas at 218-829-6622 or go to





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NEC WOMAN – 2018-2020

    The Department of Minnesota is looking for candidates to run for the position of National Executive Committeewoman for a two year term, 2018-2019, 2019-2020. This position will be voted on at the 2018 Department Convention in Rochester. All endorsements should be sent to the Department Office if you are interested in running for this office.



    The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota, will offer eight (8) $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students who wish to further their education, attending any institution of higher learning. They must be a resident of Minnesota or a member of the Auxiliary, Legion or SAL.

    There are also scholarships for the Past Presidents Parley Health Care Scholarship. Up to ten $1,000.00 scholarships are available to all Minnesota Auxiliary members who are furthering their education in any health care field.

    Our National organization will again be offering three National scholarships this year, for the Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship, Spirit of Youth Scholarship for Junior members, and a scholarship for Non-Traditional Students.

    The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota also solicits funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship.

    These applications can be obtained through The American Legion. Be certain to use the current application forms. Applicants must fill out the forms completely. Please contact Mimi Abell @ 507-951-2657 or for applications or request copies from the Department office.

    All scholarships are due in the Department office by March 15.



    ALA Academy offers training for all members. The first training courses, ALA 101 and Communications 201, are ready for members to access and learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary and how to better serve our mission of helping veterans, military, and their families. All ALA Academy courses are designed to help you learn the information, share it with others, practice new skills, and make those new skills a habit. Whether you’re new to the ALA or have been a member for many years, gaining more knowledge about the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization will enable you to reach more veterans and better serve our mission. Learn more about the ALA Academy and get started today here.



    Take just 10 seconds to sign in to Amazon through this special AmazonSmile link, select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and every purchase you make generates a 0.5 percent donation to the ALA Foundation. No added cost to you. No added fee. No catch. Just log in to your Amazon account through the link, and you’re now supporting the ALA. Nothing could be easier!



    What a great way to serve the ALA mission by donating your extra frequent flyer miles to Hero Miles. Hero Miles provides free air travel to veterans participating in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF). They need more miles donated!

    Hero Miles provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded and ill service members and their families undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or veterans who are attending an authorized event such as NVCAF. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individuals. It’s simple to do online.

    Hero Miles works with certain airline companies: American, Alaska, Delta, Frontier, and United; just check the link below for how to donate miles. The Hero Miles Program is administered by the Fisher House Foundation in partnership with the Department of Defense. Donate those miles here.


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Upstairs facilities available to anyone for meetings and/or parties.

  *You do not have to be a member to rent the facilities.

Meetings / Kitchen / Dining Hall only, no Bar - everything you need except the food and cooks $30

Entire upstairs with Bar and Bartender $50

Call 507-467-3440 during business hours for bookings.


American Legion Post #40

Henry M. Guttormson

103 Elmwood, PO Box 285
Lanesboro, MN  55949
(507) 467-3440


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