SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
Spring has sprung, and we have lived with COVID-19 now for several months. I hope everyone is staying safe by practicing social distancing and wearing masks. COVID-19 has changed a lot of things for the American Legion family. We have not had a meeting since March due to the Elks closing our meeting place. And, on the Department level, a lot of things have also changed. The Boys and Girls State programs are cancelled. The Junior Law Cadet program is cancelled. The State Convention in Kearney has also been cancelled and Department officers will stay in place for another year. On an even larger scale, the National Convention in Louisville is also cancelled and national officers will stay in place for another year. That being said, as soon as conditions permit and the Governor and the Mayor open up the businesses that allow us to get together again, we will. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at the Elks Lodge starting at 7:00 pm. Please join us. A “COVID-19” calendar has been placed on the Post 3 website and will be updated with the current status of meetings as we go through the summer. https://lincolnpost3.org/ Until then, continue to be safe. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. Keep yourself and your family safe and see you all soon.
For God and Country,
Fred 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.