SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
As I write this article, I am reminded that the past couple
months have been very frustrating. The first of December, I
tested positive for COVID-19. So, I quarantined for two weeks.
No real symptoms, and life went on. I then attended the Mid-
Year Conference, which might have been a mistake. Several
folks reported that they had tested positive for COVID-19 after
the conference, so I tested again. Positive again. More like a
severe cold this time. Another two weeks in lock down.
I had the opportunity to watch an abundance of TV during that time. A lot
of Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Smithsonian Channel. I watched
a lot of WW II history events. It rejuvenated my appreciation for all the WW
II veterans. It was amazing that they were able to do what they did with the
technology that was available to them at the time.
My dad was a WW II veteran with the 12th Armored Division in the European
Theater of Operations. His service makes it possible for me to be a member
of the Sons of the American Legion. My membership in the Sons honors his
service to this country and makes it possible to continue the programs of the
American Legion. Your membership makes it possible for this Squadron
to support the many programs of the Sons of the American Legion and the
American Legion in support of the many veterans. We’ve made donations to
“Gifts for Yanks,” a program that gives to veterans at the local veterans’ homes
during the holidays, and sponsored a citizen to Cornhusker Boys State and
Cornhusker Girls State. That’s why it takes all of us to make it work.
Speaking of membership, I want to thank all the members who have paid their
2021 Sons membership. At this writing, we stand at 86.4% paid for the year.
That means all of your member benefits will continue without a break in service.
Lincoln Post 3 publishes a monthly electronic newsletter via email. If you
would like to receive this electronic newsletter each month, email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add your name to the list.
As for membership, the Squadron needs some help with members to attend
the SAL meetings. The normal attendance has been very low, even when
we do meet. We meet at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month at the
Lincoln Post 3 business office located at 123 S. 84th St., Suite L. Join us for the
For God and Country,
Fred C. Craigie
Commander, Squadron #3
THANK YOU, SQUADRON 3!
Lincoln Squadron 3 of the Sons of the American Legion has routinely
sponsored citizens to attend Cornhusker Boys State and Cornhusker Girls State. Kelly Kohlhof, a Girls State citizen sponsored by Squadron 3 in June, sent this note of appreciation. Kelli is a senior at Lincoln Lutheran High School.
Dear Mr. Craigie,
The past week at Girls State will probably impact the rest of my life. Now,
I know that if you talked to anyone who has done this in the past, they will all say this --- but I now know why.
You meet so many amazing girls; and now, in this day and age, it’s so easy
to keep in touch even though you live hours apart. At Girls State, I tried really hard to talk to new people, because if I don’t then, I don’t ever think that I would come out of my bubble and talk to anyone else.
This past week has taught me that you might not have to talk to everyone or make everyone like you, but you will only take something out if you put in the effort. During the week, I got the chance to listen to several different speakers--- and one of my favorites was Julie Slama, a young senator from Peru, Nebraska. One point that she really stressed was to try. And. if you might not win or might not get what you want, you put in the effort and you tried. I have also learned about new job opportunities and pathways that I could pursue after high school. I also got the opportunity to visit the state capitol many times and I had the privilege of meeting with a Supreme Court Judge and got to work with an old case that went through the Court of Appeals.
Throughout the entire week, my town, Washington, had the privilege of
working together and creating solutions for problems in our town. At the end of the week, we were told the results of the exams that we took earlier in the week, and I am excited to say that I tied for 3rd on the Government Exam. My town also received the award of high point town, and our town name gets to be engraved on a trophy.
I met so many amazing girls that I got the honor of getting to know them. I
just wanted to thank you again for this amazing opportunity. This past week
was certainly one that I will cherish for a long time. Thank you!
Kelly Kohlhofwhere they are.