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May/June 2017

Thank you to all the Veterans who attended the “Welcome Home” Vietnam Era Vet party. It was SOLD OUT and a terrific event with DJ Chaz playing all the familiar 60’s songs from Armed Forces Radio. And we got to wear our fatigues (maybe not the original size) once again.  Thanks goes to Jesse Garcia, Veterans Service Officer, and the crew who transformed the hall into a Jungle Firebase. If you didn’t make it this year, mark your calendars for next year. Our photo gallery with our youthful looks and “Where Were You?” Map were the highlights. Thanks also goes to Gerry Berry for bringing down the Army jeeps and weapons.

The Swift Boats were docked for that weekend from San Diego Maritime Museum and were available for tours.  A great turnout as part of the whole “Vietnam” weekend.  Thanks for Mike Schubert for organizing this.

May is Poppy Month. Be sure to wear your poppies all month remembering all Veterans who have served. It will culminate on Memorial Day with the ceremony at Pacific View Cemetery Monday, May 29 at 11 am, and continue at the Post at 1 pm with a ceremony and lunch.

May is also very busy with Cinco de Mayo which will be celebrated in the Post Cantina Thursday May 5 and dancing that night to the Tijuana brass horns of Dave Alcantar, and our famous Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Sunday May 14. Be sure to get your reservations in early as this fills up quickly. There will be grass parking available which helps the parking situation.

Armed Forces Day is May 21, honoring all who are serving around the world to keep us safe.  Come down for a BBQ lunch buffet cooked by Dennis’s kitchen staff under the big top and listen to the live music all afternoon. We’re honoring all Air Force Vets the night before in the hall during or Friday night dine and dance.

Post 291 Elections will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017. On Election Day – May 10, 2017 – polls will open at 3:00 pm and close at 7:00 pm. You must present a current 2017 Post 291 Membership card at the Post poll room to receive a ballot. Ballots will be counted after the polls close, and election results will be announced upon completion of Election Committee ballot count after the general meeting that night. Installation of all Legion Family Officers will be held Sunday, June 4 in the Main Hall with a Buffet Dinner served.

Please join us. All members welcome.

Check the website for more information regarding our Summer events like Father’s Day, the Sock Hop in May, Jazz Nights which are starting up again, and of course, July 4th!

Anyone wanting to volunteer for events, whether to plan, decorate, or work in some capacity, sign up at the Front Office with your email or phone number to have on hand when needed. We have July 4th coming up which is huge for the Post and need a lot of assistance to make it successful.

Our commitment to all veterans, our members, veterans’ programs or veterans-in-need alike, will reflect in all we do as we strive to honor all who served.

Remember: Veterans first. The Post is not a “Club”, but an American Legion Post for Military Veterans who share common experiences. The Security staff is made up of SONs who are SONs of the Post. Please show respect to the Post, Volunteer Security staff, all veterans and guests.

Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank a Vet”.


Attitude is the Altitude of Success at the American Legion Post 291. Let’s all work together to make that happen.