Through the generous creative genius of Kovo Mendoza and a host of volunteers, our 3rd annual Haunted House at American Legion Post 119 was a great success! The festivities kicked off with a tombstone-decorating party which was great fun! The creativity and generosity of sponsors was displayed through our ghoulish graveyard as people enter the front door of the Legion building. Volunteers who supplied the snack bar, ran the games, served as "scare-actors" and helped feed the crew were incredibly generous with their time and talents. And the final kid-friendly day was a great opportunity to enjoy the creative costumes of the younger set!
Each year we pause to honor our veterans for the service that they have given to our nation. Here in Estes Park, we started the day with a hearty breakfast at Post 119. With the exception of the World War II years, Post 119 has served a Veterans Day Breakfast every year since 1928. In 2018, the snow was falling all morning long, but brave souls still made it out for the special day! The breakfast is free for all Veterans and only $5 for all others thanks to the generous donations from local businesses. Breakfast was cooked by Post 119’s Sons of the American Legion, and served by Cub Scout Pack 8 of Estes Park with assistance from the Post 119 Auxiliary and Explorer Post 911. The menu included scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, pancakes, toast and the SOS (hamburger gravy on toast) of military tradition. Thanks to all the Veterans for their service, and the volunteers who made this a great morning!
A packed house had the privilege of listening to a former Tuskegee "Top Gun" Airman tell about his service in this unique division of the armed forces.
When one of our own Auxiliary members, Tammy Grewe, had to face the physical, emotional, and financial trials of breast cancer, Post 119 and friends decided it was time to hold a Cancer Benefit to help pay the medical bills for victims like Tammy. A huge success brought in over $14,000 for this mission!
American Legion Post 119 and Flinch Forward held a 9/11 Remembrance of the 2,983 men, women and children who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. We also honored our local veteran and active duty military, firefighters and police officers. American Legion Commander Loren Shriver, Estes Valley Fire Protection District Training Officer Paul Capo, Estes Park Police Department Captain Corey Pass and Flinch Forward Board Member and US Navy Reserve Commander Kendra Ryan spoke on behalf of their organizations. An honor guard was present and there was a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims. Refreshments were provided by Poppys Pizza and You Need Pie.
September 15 was a great day for American Legion Post 119! Our new program, the Post 119 American Legion Riders received their charter in a ceremony attended by dozens of ALR members from throughout the region. We shared moments of honor, moments of camaraderie, moments of patriotism, and a heartfelt optimism for the future of the Riders program. And then... lunch! Thanks to all who joined together for this great occasion!
A short program was held that showcased Old Glory, and included a ceremony for the disposal of unserviceable flags.
On June 27, Post 119 held a joint meeting of the Legion, SAL and Auxiliary membership. Highlight was the installation of the 2018-2019 Legion Officers by District 4 Commander Harry Fisher. The new Department Commander, Robb D. Smith, was a guest at the event. All members unanimously voted to add an American Legion Riders program to the Post 119 family.
With its prime location overlooking Lake Estes, Post 119 is the best place to celebrate our nation's birthday each July 4. Hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and live bands add to the joy of this special day.
Performances by two bands kicked off the weekend: the Really Most Sincerely Dead and the New Continental Blues Band. Great music!
Volunteers from the Legion and Auxiliary placed flags on the veterans' graves in the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens.
SAL David Grewe, member of the Post 119 Honor Guard, proudly stands by his classic Army Jeep -- a Memorial Day tribute.
With the help of the Estes Park Lions Club, Post 119 hosted a first-ever and very successful Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast.
At 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, an observance was held that included the Post 119 Honor Guard and a reflection by Commander Terry Rizzuti.
On the afternoon of Memorial Day, a ceremony at the Estes Park Veterans Monument unveiled and dedicated the donor plaques for the site.
On Fat Tuesday, Post 119 became a carnival filled with revelers! A Gumbo Contest, a costume contest, live music, beads, masks and hurricanes... thanks to partners Estes Arts District, Lumpy Ridge Brewery, and Elkins Distilling Co.
2018 was welcomed in a big way at Post 119. Music by the Mountain Town Rockers. A fabulous dinner brought by Chef Mike Williams. Lots of Dancing and Good Cheer!
A favorite tradition! For over 60 years the we have invited the children of the community to come and see Santa. This year, we partnered with the Park & Rec District who led the craft tables for the kiddos, and with the Lions Club who served a free pancake breakfast!