Charles Pratt American Legion Post #94

Charles Pratt American Legion Post #94 Established in 1919 for military veterans & their families - for service to community, state, and nation. Social organization for military veterans and their families and friends.
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Non-profit organization supporting causes in the community and within the American Legion families

Non-profit organization supporting causes in the community and within the American Legion families

Mission: Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.

Operating as usual

11/30/2020

Post 94 will reopen on Dec. 7. However, there will be no Pearl Harbor remembrance service. In addition, the Thursday night drawings are temporarily suspended. As for food - pizza is always available, but other lunch specials are under consideration.

11/30/2020

Post 94 will reopen December 7 at 11 a.m. However, there will NOT be a Pearl Harbor remembrance service. Also, the Thursday night drawings will not be held for a few weeks. As for food - pizzas are available, other lunch specials are yet to be determined.
Remember to wear your masks.

11/26/2020

From the American Legion Post #94 to ALL Members, their Families and Friends...Have Yourselves a Very "Happy Thanksgiving Day".

11/20/2020

Post 94 will be closed for a couple of weeks - through December 3.

11/19/2020

Post 94 will be closed for AT LEAST a couple of days. Will put up a notice here when the post reopens.

11/17/2020

One more event change. After a discussion with Audie (who, along with his wife Laura, provide karaoke for Post 94), there will NOT be karaoke on November 27. No karaoke was scheduled for December, as the 4th Friday is Christmas. Hopefully, karaoke will resume in January.

11/17/2020

Changes to calendar of events: The feather party scheduled for this Saturday (Nov 21) has been cancelled. Bar bingo for this Saturday (11/21) and for December has also been cancelled. There will be no grilled burgers/brats this Thursday (11/19). Finally, there will be no monthly birthday party this coming Sunday (11/22).

Good Morning, All.... "This Day in History"
11/13/2020

Good Morning, All.... "This Day in History"

On this Day, November 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC.

Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict.

The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the then-known 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.

Jan Craig Scruggs, a United States Army veteran who served and was wounded in the Vietnam War, conceived of and founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its Fund. The designer of the memorial was Maya Lin, a Yale University architecture student who entered a nationwide competition to create a design for the monument.

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial continues to be regarded as one of America's most beautiful and emotionally powerful monuments. It is also the most visited site in Washington, D.C., with an estimated 5 million visitors annually (pre-COVID). The memorial continues to be updated as U.S. casualty lists from the war are updated. The two 200-feet-long walls contain more than 58,000 names.

70 separate panels make up each of the walls of the ‘v’ shape. One end of the memorial wall points toward the Washington Monument, while the other points to the Lincoln Memorial. Having the names begin and end at the center is meant to form a circle – a completion to the war. Visitors can see a reflection of themselves in the names on the black granite walls, connecting the living to those lost.

Source: John Fenzel

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang
11/10/2020

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang

To all the Veterans... THANK YOU

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 94 Valparaiso, Indiana
11/10/2020

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 94 Valparaiso, Indiana

Happy birthday Marine Corps!!

Good Evening Charles Pratt A.L. Post #94 Family. Next Week's (9-15 Nov.) Luncheon Special menu is hereby Provided. NOTE ...
11/06/2020

Good Evening Charles Pratt A.L. Post #94 Family. Next Week's (9-15 Nov.) Luncheon Special menu is hereby Provided. NOTE this coming Wednesday's "Veterans Day" menu! Enjoy 👍

Good Afternoon, Folks. Next Week's Post #94 Luncheon Special is here early. Hope to see Everyone there.
10/30/2020

Good Afternoon, Folks. Next Week's Post #94 Luncheon Special is here early. Hope to see Everyone there.

10/30/2020

November 11, 2020 - Veterans Day service at 11:00 a.m. at Post 94. It will be inside in the upstairs hall.

10/30/2020

Karaoke tonight at the post - 8 p.m. to midnight. See you there!

Calendar of events for December 2020 for Post 94.  Paper copies are available at the post.
10/30/2020

Calendar of events for December 2020 for Post 94. Paper copies are available at the post.

Event calendar for November 2020 for Post 94.  Paper copies are available at the post
10/30/2020

Event calendar for November 2020 for Post 94. Paper copies are available at the post

Good Afternoon, All & sorry for the late Notification.
10/27/2020

Good Afternoon, All & sorry for the late Notification.

Good Afternoon, Everyone. This week's Luncheon Special menu is provided. Today's meatball sub lunch was Delicious! Looki...
10/19/2020

Good Afternoon, Everyone. This week's Luncheon Special menu is provided. Today's meatball sub lunch was Delicious! Looking forward to Weds. & Friday, also. Be sure to "Come down sometime this Week & taste the Goodness".

Good Afternoon, All. The Sign-Up Sheet for the "Post 94 Chili Cook-Off" is now Available OR Call the post (219-462-4452)...
10/12/2020

Good Afternoon, All. The Sign-Up Sheet for the "Post 94 Chili Cook-Off" is now Available OR Call the post (219-462-4452) and talk with Lynn (bar manager and auxiliary president). Best time to contact her would be during the morning hours.

Charles Pratt American Legion Post #94 "Weekly Luncheon Special" menu is provided. Come down & Enjoy.
10/12/2020

Charles Pratt American Legion Post #94 "Weekly Luncheon Special" menu is provided. Come down & Enjoy.

10/08/2020

Although Friday bingo is on hiatus, there will be bar bingo this Saturday (Oct 10) starting at 6:30 pm.

10/08/2020

The guest musicians will be back at Post94 next Friday evening (October 16) - expected start time is 5 pm

10/08/2020

Until further Notice..."Friday's BINGO (upstairs) will be Postponed"

Mark your Calendars, Folks. I'll be Entering to WIN. "Put me in Coach"! As always, Hoping to See as Many Attend & Suppor...
10/07/2020

Mark your Calendars, Folks. I'll be Entering to WIN. "Put me in Coach"! As always, Hoping to See as Many Attend & Support.

Sorry for Delay, All. "Come Enjoy some Delicious Tacos, Taco Salad or Nacho's Today".  As Always, this Weekly Luncheon i...
10/06/2020

Sorry for Delay, All. "Come Enjoy some Delicious Tacos, Taco Salad or Nacho's Today". As Always, this Weekly Luncheon is gonna "ROCK"! Hope to see you All.

The American Legion Department of IndianaTuesday, September 29, 2020jcrosby@indianalegion.orgAdjutant's OfficeThe Americ...
09/29/2020
Get Out the Vote | The American Legion

The American Legion Department of Indiana

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

[email protected]

Adjutant's Office
The American Legion,
Department of Indiana
5440 Herbert Lord Road
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Phone: 317-630-1264

Politics & Presidential Election Year as pertains to The American Legion, Department of Indiana

MEMORANDUM TO: Indiana American Legion Officers

SUBJECT: Politics and election year

Hoosier Legionnaires,

The text below lays out The American Legion’s policy on politics as related to The American Legion brand and regalia as per Indiana Legion Cmdr. Allen Connelly and National Cmdr. Bill Oxford.

Election year guidance from Commander Allen Connelly:
As we head into the final stretch of the current election cycle, Commander Allen Connelly has provided guidance to Legionnaires who wish to be politically active. Commander Connelly says the department will continue to observe Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of The American Legion which states:

The American Legion shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.

The American Legion values its independence and effectiveness on veterans' issues. This stance is best maintained by neutrality on all individual candidates or political parties. The American Legion, by legal definition, is non-partisan and supports "or opposes as necessary" only issues which impact the Four Pillars and this follows a long held history set by our early leaders.

This means that The American Legion does not endorse candidates. Article II, Section 2 means checking your Legion cap at the door of any political rallies, fundraisers, conventions, or events. Please note that some events might not appear to be overtly political, however an outside observer might interpret your presence in Legion regalia as a political statement.

In the early years, some saw this rule as a missed opportunity to get friends of the organization elected and keep enemies out. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed, and the Legion’s party neutrality strengthened the organization’s integrity in Washington, as it still does.

In detail:
THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR.: Writing in the Aug. 8, 1919 American Legion Weekly

First, the organization should be nonpartisan, concerning itself with policies but never with partisan politics. Second, its membership should be composed of service men and women, regardless of whether they served overseas or were unfortunate enough to have their duty keep them in this country. Third, it should be really civilian and in its councils … general and private, admiral and gob, would be treated on the same basis.

Through all its actions, the doctrine of Americanism stands foremost. By it, the impulses of patriotism generated in the Great War will be crystallized and preserved for the future good of the nation. Its fields of useful activity are bounded only by the desires of its members.

GEN. JOHN PERSHING: Speaking Sept. 20, 1927, at the American Legion National Convention pilgrimage to Paris

No orders from any government could ever create this spirit ... a continuation of this spirit and the desire to preserve and consecrate our war experience led to the formation of the patriotic society of veterans known as The American Legion. It was organized here in France with the sound of battle ringing in our ears. Its purpose, in part, is to cherish the memories of sacrifices in a noble cause, to safeguard the principles of justice, freedom and democracy, to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship and to promote peace and good will on earth.

NATIONAL COMMANDER BILL OXFORD: notes how important following Article 2, Section II is to our organization, saying “I too want to remind all of you that a way to show patriotism and voice is by voting. Since its inception in 1920, The American Legion’s Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program has encouraged Americans to exercise their right to vote and help others understand the importance of the electoral process. The American Legion is a nonpartisan organization but advocates for all U.S. citizens to register and vote in all elections. The American Legion does not show preference for or against any particular candidate or political party.

Help with GOTV efforts by visiting legion.org/vote to access The American Legion’s “Get Out the Vote” brochure and other resources.
Throughout its history, The American Legion has fought to improve racial equality not only for veterans, but for the communities they serve. And we will continue.”

Election year FAQ’s

Q: Can I get The American Legion at the local, state and national level to support a candidate running for Congress or any political office?
A: No. In Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution of The American Legion, "The American Legion shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment." Additionally, the National Charter, approved by Congress, stipulates The American Legion as an organization is nonpolitical. Therefore, The American Legion as an organization is never to help or endorse a candidate. However, you, as a private citizen and not speaking for the organization, can do whatever is legal and ethical to advance his/her candidacy.

Q: Can I wear my American Legion cap to a political event?
A: No. The American Legion cap is considered the official legion uniform (see p. 40 of 2018 Officer's Guide). If attending a political event, The American Legion cap, or any clothing with The American Legion emblem visible, must be removed so as not to imply any endorsement by The American Legion.

Q: Can we use our American Legion post for a political event?
A: When using post facilities to host any candidates, the post must remove American Legion emblems and American Legion flags to avoid any impression of endorsements. Candidates for all parties must be presented equal opportunity to use the facilities on the same terms and conditions as other competing candidates.

Q: Can our post accept political donations?
A: No. If financial contributions are offered by candidates for political office, campaigns, political action committees or political parties, your post should politely decline. The American Legion must always avoid any perception of supporting any candidate or political party.

Q: How can an American Legion post avoid the appearance of partisanship when conducting GOTV activities?
A: Volunteers working on an American Legion-sponsored registration and voting drive should not wear campaign buttons or make their personal views about candidates, parties and issues known in any way while they are engaged in nonpartisan activities for their post. Campaign materials or literature should be removed from an area where nonpartisan activities are taking place.

Q: Can a member be active in a campaign when the Legion has to remain nonpartisan?
A: As individuals, Legionnaires can be as partisan as they like. Legionnaires engaged in partisan activities – such as attending a candidate’s rally – should do so without wearing the American Legion cap or other Legion attire. When working for the Legion post, a member must treat all candidates equally without making candidate endorsements. To do otherwise will endanger the post’s nonprofit status with the IRS.

Q: Why can’t The American Legion endorse a candidate?
A: Federal election laws require that any registration drive conducted or sponsored by groups like The American Legion be nonpartisan. In other words, the IRS mandates the strict nonpartisanship of all such activities by organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions under Section 501(c)(19) of the Code. Failure to do so could endanger an American Legion post’s nonprofit status. A nonpartisan organization does not support, oppose, or provide aid to any candidate for public office or to any political party. In a nonpartisan drive, registration and voting assistance, and information and materials must be offered and made available to all, regardless of which candidate or party they support.

Questions can be directed to me by phone at 317-630-1264 or via email at: [email protected].

Sincerely,

John Crosby, Adjutant
Department of Indiana

We encourage all Americans to register and vote in all elections.

"Good Day, All". This week's Luncheon Special is provided for your Review. Hoping to see Folks come in with an appetite.
09/28/2020

"Good Day, All". This week's Luncheon Special is provided for your Review. Hoping to see Folks come in with an appetite.

Quilts of Valor Foundation
09/27/2020

Quilts of Valor Foundation

The last Sunday in September is Gold Star Mother's Day. It is a day to recognize and honor those mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces.

We thank you and your family for your sacrifice.

09/24/2020

There will be bingo tomorrow (9/25) at 6:30 at Post 94. Also, since it's the last Friday of the month, there will be karaoke from 8 pm to midnight.

09/24/2020

Next Thursday (Oct. 1), there will be a golf outing meeting at the post at 5 p.m.

This coming Saturday, Folks. Come out for some Fun & chance to Win!
09/23/2020

This coming Saturday, Folks. Come out for some Fun & chance to Win!

This Saturday September 26th .. join us for Bar bingo..first number called at 6:30.. don't forget your mask..Dobbers up!

Sorry for the late notice Everyone. This week's C.P.A.L. Post #94 Luncheon Special is here for review. Enjoy!
09/22/2020

Sorry for the late notice Everyone. This week's C.P.A.L. Post #94 Luncheon Special is here for review. Enjoy!

Good Afternoon, All. This week's Luncheon Menu is hereby Provided. Come "Taste the Good Life".
09/14/2020

Good Afternoon, All. This week's Luncheon Menu is hereby Provided. Come "Taste the Good Life".

Good Afternoon, Post Family. This weeks Post #94 Luncheon Specials are provided below. Enjoy!
08/17/2020

Good Afternoon, Post Family. This weeks Post #94 Luncheon Specials are provided below. Enjoy!

Address

4 Monroe Street
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

Established in 1919 in Valparaiso, includes Post Officers elected annually and an Executive Committee. Meetings-Legion 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, SAL 3rd Wednesday, Auxiliary 2nd Tuesday. Events are posted on Facebook, at the Post and in the monthly calendar (available at post).

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 21:00
Thursday 11:00 - 21:00
Friday 11:00 - 21:00
Saturday 11:00 - 21:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(219) 462-4452

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Delete if not allowed. I am the vet who donated the Notre Dame tickets if anyone who was wondering who I am. Anyway, my daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies and the cut off to order them is today if anyone is interested. Here is the link to order if interested. Please help Madison reach her goal. Thank you very much and stay motivated.
Today is the 101st anniversary of Charles Pratt giving his life to his country.
Hi
April 13 - Taste of Poland at 1pm - cost is $8. Bar bingo at 6:30 pm. April 19 - The SAL is having a fish fry - 4:30-7pm.
March 29th - TGIF event - Fish fry 4pm-7pm -$10. Bingo upstairs - 6:30 pm. Karaoke - 8 pm - midnight.
Friday, March 15 - guest musicians starting at 5 pm. Bring a dish to share. Saturday, March 16 - time capsule ceremony starting at noon. Contact the post if you plan to attend. Sunday, March 17 - St Patrick's Day - starting at noon. $10/meal, $8/sandwich
December 28th. Dinner from 4pm-7pm, $10.00 per person. Karoake at 8pm.
Just an FYI, this Sunday, December 16th, we will have chili. Everyone is welcome. Other goodies are always welcome.
Friday night (Nov. 30) at Post 94 - pork dinner from 4 to 7 pm - $10, bingo upstairs at 6:30 pm, karaoke 8 pm - midnight
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Service - December 7, 2018 - Noon.
Come on in Sunday (Nov. 18) for a tailgate party (burgers, etc).