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MARCH 2024

MARCH 2024

URBANDALE REVITALIZATION COMMITTEE

In March Post 663 and Post 9668 hosted the Urbandale Revitalization Committee for their presentation of the City’s status.

 

WREATHES PICKUP

WREATHES PICK-UP

Today VFW Post 9668 and American Legion Post 663 cleared and picked all Wreaths Across America Wreaths from McDivitt Cemetery. We collected over 100 Wreaths and expect more for this year.

 

FEBRUARY 2024

 

URBANDALE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE PRESENTATION

Today Post 663 and VFW Post 9668 hosted The Urbandale Development Committee ,the Mayor, City Council Members and 25 business owners . The progress meeting was informative and we will have one every 6 weeks. This is a 20 year vision which includes all of Urbandale with the downtown being the first area to be improved.

Food Drive 1AMERICAN LEGION POST 663 &
VFW POST 9668 FOOD DRIVE

Saturday the 17th of February Post 663 and VFW Post 9668 held our Quarterly Food Drive. During the 4 hours that we were open the VFW and Post 663 received $400.00 dollars in donations to the Food Pantry of Urbandale.

Thank everyone who donated and to all of those who volunteered to help with this great project.

 

HISTORY OF THE URBANDALE AMERICAN LEGION POST 663

Sunday, the 11th of February was a history of Urbandale American Legion Post 663 presentation at the Urbandale Library. It was attended by many Legion personnel and Urbandale Historical Society. VFW Post 9668 Urbandale/Johnston shared the program.

DECEMBER 2023

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA 2023

The 2023 event was held on December 16. Click the button below to view the Wreaths Across America Photo Gallery.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS 2023

 

benchSEPTEMBER 2023

 

AUXILIARY COLLECTED BAGS FOR 6 MONTHS…

The Auxiliary collected bags for 6 months and ended up with 310,000. That total allowed us to make four benches. We have the 4 benches and they are placed at the Airport Holiday Inn where the Dept Convention is held,Drake University where Girls State is held, Newton Christian Conference Center where the Junior Camp is held and at Iowa Veterans Home.

 

Flag Kit WinnerAUGUST 2023

 

MONTHLY MEETING AUGUST 2023

At the August Monthly Meeting, Commander Michael Knight presented an American Flag Kit to the Wnner of the Urbandale 4th of July Button Contest, Pat Finnerty, a member of the Urbandale Historical Society. Also, Don DeKock, 6th District Commander, presented American Legion Post 663 with The Service To Community, State, and National Award. This award is given for Outstanding Service to the Urbandale IA community, the State of Iowa, and to the National American Legion organization.

 

IOWA STATE FAIR 2023 

 

AUXILIARY BREAKFAST AUGUST 2023

 

CITY PLANNER’S OFFICE AUGUST 2023

 

JULY 2023

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE – JULY 4TH 2023

JUNE 2023

FLAG RETIREMENT 2023

Post 663 and VFW Post 9668 retired several flags in a ceremony on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
 
Jacob Rueber played taps for our annual Burning of the Flags.  Jacob is from Norwalk, graduated this year, and was our Post’s representative at 2022 Boys State in Des Moines. Jacob’s mother was a Girls State  attendee. Jacob will be attending Iowa State in the Fall, majoring in aerospace engineering. Thank you Jacob! Salute! 

WOMENS VETERANS DAY LUNCH

Peg Mullen and Connie Gregory attended a Womens Veteran Day Luncheon on June 8, 2023 at the Valley Junction Activity Center. Guest Speaker Major Lillie Miller from the Des Moines Police Academy shared her thoughts of women stepping up and out to be our own voices to shift the culture. A meal was served, prizes were awarded and two received Quilts of Valor. This is an annual event sponsored by AmVets, VFW Post 3519 Knoxville, VFW Post 8879 Valley Junction and several Veterans Service Organizations.

MAY 2023

POST 663 EVERLASTING MEMBERS CEREMONY IN MAY 2023

APRIL 2023

MONTHLY DINNER APRIL 2023

Legion Post 663 had their monthly dinner and special speaker Matt Wolf VA Representative. Matt gave a wonderful presentation about updates and service-related changes. An excellent turnout for the event!

AUXILIARY IN APRIL

Urbandale Unit#663 provided the coffee and muffins for the Spring Conference held in Ankeny on Saturday April 15. Joann Hotovec and Diane Holcomb were there to help serve the Auxiliary and Peg Mullen was there to help serve the Legion guys.
 
Also, Legion Auxiliary Unit 663 from Urbandale Iowa assisted the Veterans in Marshalltown Veterans Home play Bingo on April 21, 2023. The group who helped were: Connie Cade, Ginny Campbell, Peg Mullen, Joann Hotovec, Meribeth Haynes, Diane Holcomb and Dorothy Schneider. The Auxiliary agreed, “It was such a worthwhile day visiting with our veterans.”

MARCH 2023

MONTHLY DINNER MARCH 2023

On Thursday the 16th of March the Post had our monthly Dinner Meeting. It was a good turn out even with our weekly snow storm. The Dinner was catered in with a Mexican Theme and the food was delicious including Joann home made cake!
 
Also at the March Dinner Meeting, we honored Ted Rutherford for being an American Legion member for 50 years. Congrats Ted!

HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS

On March 4 at the Holiday Inn on Merle Hay in Des Moines Iowa, Post 663 was chosen by the Iowa Academic Decathlon Organization, to present awards to over 300 students representing High Schools from all over the state of Iowa.

FEBRUARY 2023

HONORARY ARMED FORCES REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DAY

On February 11, 2023, Legionnaire Stephen Smith from American Legion Post #663 in Urbandale Iowa was designated as Honorary Armed Forces Representative of the Day at The Magic Kingdom in Florida. Stephen participated in the Flag Retreat Ceremony on Main Street. He marched with the Disney Detail and carried the flag. Every member shook his hand and Thanked him for his service to our country.

FOOD DRIVE / RETIRING WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

DECEMBER 2022

CHRISTMAS BAGS

CHRISTMAS DINNER

NOVEMBER 2022

THANKSGIVING DINNER

VETERANS DAY

OCTOBER 2022

Honor Guard - OCT 7 2022

Honor Guard - OCT 7 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022

Honor Guard - SEP 16 2022

Honor Guard - SEP 16 2022

Honor Guard - SEP 30 2022

Honor Guard - SEP 30 2022

MEET & GREET

On September 21,2022 the VFW Post 9668 hosted a Meet & Greet at American Legion Post 663. It was well attended and the food catered by Hy-Vee was very good!

AUGUST 2022

BREAKFAST WITH HONORS

On August 12 the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 663 of Urbandale hosted a breakfast for 45 people to honor the 3 girls who attended Girls State and the 1 boy who attended Boys State.

Pictures include Joann Hotovec, President, welcoming everyone, Meribeth Haynes, Girls State Chairman, introducing the honorees. Charlotte James, Dowling High School, Taylor Tallman, Dowling High School, Lily Fleming, Johnston High School. Lily is a third generation to attend Girls State. Jacob Rueber, Norwalk High School. They shared all of their experiences with us.

On September 16 and 17, there were 7 of us who volunteered at the Stand Down project in down town Des Moines. We passed out back packs filled with school supplies to the children. Unfortunately pictures were not permitted,

Charlotte James, Dowling High School

Charlotte James, Dowling High School

Jacob Rueber Norwalk High School

Jacob Rueber Norwalk High School

Meribeth Haynes

Meribeth Haynes

President, Joann Hotovec

President, Joann Hotovec

Taylor Tallman, Dowling High School

Taylor Tallman, Dowling High School

IOWA STATE FAIR

Iowa State Fair AUG 2022

Iowa State Fair - AUG 2022

Honor Guard - AUG 26 2022

Honor Guard - AUG 26 2022