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American Legion Post 11 celebrates 100 years of service

By Lauren Waters

GREEN BAY – Green Bay’s American Legion Sullivan-Wallen Post 11 is celebrating 100 years of service to veterans and military personnel by throwing a community-wide Centennial Celebration on Saturday, July 13.

The celebration will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Post 11 located at 1708 N. Irwin Ave. in Green Bay. Everyone is welcome, and admittance is free.

There will be hot dogs, burgers, brats and chips sold at the event, along with soda, water, wine and beer.

Entertainment includes a live DJ. There will be free games and prizes for the kids.

The main raffle will consist of gift basket items and three top prizes including a 55-inch HDTV, a $300 fishing gear package, and a handmade military-themed quilt made from service member-worn uniforms with quilt rack.

There will also be two 50/50 raffles and a silent auction for a 5-hour chartered fishing trip with an experienced guide. The fishing trip will be for up to three people and will take place on the Bay of Green Bay.

All proceeds from the event will go to provide support to veterans, military personnel and their families.

During the Centennial Celebration, there will also be Vietnam veterans displays and other historical displays set up inside the Post 11 building.

The American Legion Post 11 was originally chartered in 1919 and currently has 590 members.

To the members of Post 11, the American Legion means family.

“We have a camaraderie among all veterans, because we all share things from being in the service and certain things we all take to heart,” said David Catalano, a Post 11 member. “From that, we grow and help each other out.”

Post 11 Adjutant Gilbert Hucek said the main purpose of the American Legion is to help others, such as those in the VA clinics or anyone struggling with post-war issues.

“We help support Camp American Legion in Lake Tomahawk, which is a place for veterans coming back from war,” Hucek said. “They can get together and relax with family at the camp, and everything is absolutely free for them for a week.”

The American Legion Post 11 is very active in the community by providing honor guard services at funerals, sponsoring youth programs, including Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts troops, and donating to many other military-based organizations.

Post 11 also has a very rich history with the Green Bay Packers and provides the color guard for every home game.

The members of the post are hoping to bring in 500 attendees for the Centennial Celebration.

For more information, see sullivanwallenpost11.org.

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