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American Valentine’s Through the Years

Valentine's Day has an extensive history of Roman myth, pagan holiday, sainthood, and literature. A rather short version of its extensive history can be found here. In America, Esther Howland is nicknamed the “Mother of the American Valentine” and credited with creating the first mass market printed Valentines in the United States. Esther's father owned the largest … Continue reading American Valentine’s Through the Years

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myLegion.org: FREE Tool for Legionnaires

Today at the Iowa Department Mid-Winter Conference, Department has provided excellent training on myLegion.org. MyLegion.org provides membership information, reports and electronic membership tools such as data change forms for department and post leadership. myLegion.org is a FREE website designed to connect members of The American Legion to their Post and Department leadership, myLegion includes a site … Continue reading myLegion.org: FREE Tool for Legionnaires

Military Working Dogs Honored on US Postal Stamp

Reported by Andrea Scott for Military Times, January 29, 2018, working dogs are an integral part of the military might and know these four-legged heroes of the United States military are being recognized by the US Postal Service. To celebrate their battlefield contributions, these brave canines will have an honorary postage stamp of their own. The … Continue reading Military Working Dogs Honored on US Postal Stamp

Chaplain W. E. Robb Visits Glenwood for Membership Drive

From The Glenwood Opinion, Thursday October 16, 1919, Local Post of American Legion Is Growing-Will Make Membership Drive Saturday-Ex-service Men Should Join "Chaplain W. E. Robb of the One-Hundred and Sixty Eighth Iowa Infantry will speak at the Baptist church next Wednesday evening, October 22, on the subject, “The Price of Our Heritage.” Chaplain Robb … Continue reading Chaplain W. E. Robb Visits Glenwood for Membership Drive

Post 141 Temporary Charter and First Election

As we look back over the first 100 years of Harvey T. Rimel Post 141 in Glenwood Iowa, I would like to share some historical documentation from the Post, The Glenwood Opinion (now known as the Opinion Tribune), and various periodicals I was able to track down. We know by documents at the Post that … Continue reading Post 141 Temporary Charter and First Election

First Iowa Department Commander Mathew A. Tinley

Mathew Adrian Tinley, physician and surgeon, retired Lieutenant General and Commander of the 34th Infantry Division and the first Commander of the Iowa Department of the American Legion, died at Council Bluffs, Iowa, March 11, 1956. He was born on March 5, 1876, over a small grocery store at 1017 Main Street in Council Bluffs.  … Continue reading First Iowa Department Commander Mathew A. Tinley

Centennial Year Kick Off at the Rose Bowl

Members of The American Legion family took turns in three-hour shifts to cover a parade float celebrating The American Legion centennial in seeds, beans and flowers in preparation the the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. When: The broadcast begins at 10 a.m. CENTRAL on Jan. 1. The American Legion float is third, behind the US … Continue reading Centennial Year Kick Off at the Rose Bowl