It’s no secret that the local American Legion in Elk River and its membership is aging. Our membership is at 400, which is 148 below our all-time high years ago. We continue to recruit new members, but the interest is not as high as it use to be. I’m asking for all serviceman and women that are not members to come down and see what we are all about. The Legion is not just a bar, it is place for the community gather as we are an open club and have dinners every Friday night prepared by volunteers. The money that we raise during these meals goes to various Veteran and community programs alike.
We have our 2nd annual smelt fry scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Last year’s event was a huge success and we doubled our smelt order this year, as we ran out last year. Come on down and enjoy a great meal and get to know some people in your community.
Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of our members, volunteers, Elk River businesses, elected officials and most importantly, the community. You have supported us through thick and thin, and we as veterans are very gracious for your continuing support.
God Bless America. — Mike Beyer, Elk River (Editor’s note: Beyer is the commander of Elk River American Legion Post 112)