A new free program is beginning for Estes Park Veterans and their families. Resiliency Training will be provided every Tuesday from 11 am until noon at American Legion Post 119 beginning on February 27 through April 3. Kendra Ryan from Estes Park Yoga is the instructor for the program.
Resiliency may be defined as the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like. Resiliency is not innate, but is learned. This 6-week series of classes will introduce breathing techniques and movement patterns that enhance health and brain plasticity to improve resiliency. All Veterans, Active Military and their families are invited to participate in these classes at no charge; membership in the Legion is not required. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing. Equipment will be provided.
Kendra Ryan is a Navy Commander and certified yoga instructor. She is an Estes Park resident and is the owner of Estes Park Yoga at 145 East Elkhorn Avenue Suite 200. Contact Kendra with any questions you might have at email@example.com, (970) 586-3254.
This program is made possible through partnership of The American Legion, Estes Park Yoga, and Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company. It is funded through proceeds from the sale of Lumpy Ridge’s Legion Ale. It is an excellent opportunity for the military and ex-military community to come together for healthier living. Please join us!
Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co, has developed an offering that they call Legion Ale, complete with a logo especially designed for Post 119! Many thanks to Nick and Wade for this honor! You can enjoy Legion Ale at the Post 119 Social Club.
Post 119 has the good fortune of existing within a community that attracts visitors from across the nation. That makes one of the American Legion's standing traditions especially meaningful here in Estes Park. Legionnaires from other posts bring their post license plates to Post 119, to exchange for one from our post. Our collection from other posts is rather impressive, and is symbolic of the rich opportunities for meeting other Veterans through our Post membership.
Estes Park American Legion Post 119 is home to a Blue Star Marker in its front yard, and has a Blue Star Service Banner Program. Blue Star Service Banners are displayed by families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces of the United States. The banner displayed in the front window of a home shows a family’s pride in their loved one and reminds others that preserving America’s freedom demands a lot. Any Estes Park area family with a loved one serving in the military may contact American Legion Post 119 to receive a Blue Star Service Banner for display.
The Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The blue star represents the family member serving in the armed forces. If that individual is killed or dies while serving, the blue star is superimposed with a gold star. The Blue Star Mothers and Gold Star Mothers organizations were established during World War I and remain active today.
Blue Star Service Banners were widely used across America during World Wars I and II, but were not embraced during the Korean or Vietnam wars with the same enthusiasm. With this program, the American Legion is rekindling the spirit of pride in our military men and women. For more information or to receive a Blue Star Service Banner, contact Post 119 at 970-586-6118.