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American Legion fixes Glendoveer flag, finial

Rich Finn, left, and Bob Hartsock, members of American Legion Portland Post #1 Honor Guard were part of the rededication ceremony held last month at the flag raising ceremony held at Glendoveer Golf Course.
American Legion Portland Post #1 Honor Guard members, from left, Bob Hartsock, Bob Mathison, Carl Akin, William Shaw and Bob Lakomecki stand at attention during speeches made by Metro officials and their post commander.
Post #1 member and project manager Ray Grahn makes final adjustments before the rededication ceremony of the flag at Glendoveer Golf Course in east Portland.
Veterans from American Legion's Portland Post # 1 and Metro officials raised a new flag above Glendoveer Golf Course and Fitness Trail Thursday, Jan. 27, 38 years to the day after the Paris Peace Accords signing, officially ending America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The event highlighted the repair work done on the flagpole and included - in addition to the flag raising ceremony - remarks from Earl Day, Portland Post #1 commander and Metro officials.

The rededication ceremony was a tribute to all military personnel from every one of the five branches of military service, the Merchant Marines and every time period in American history.

Metro officials and American Legion volunteers worked together to repair the damaged flagpole and replace its missing flag. The repairs included fixing the finial, or ball, at the top of the flagpole, replacing the rope used to raise the flag, and raising the anchor and cleats used to tie the flag down. A newly installed solar light will light the pole at night. “It's nice to have a flag up on it, and everybody is excited for it to be there,” said Ray Grahn, the Legionnaire who led the five month repair project.

The American Legion is a congressionally chartered veterans' organization representing United States servicemen and women from every war. It was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe following World War I and has grown into the world's largest veterans' organization, with nearly three million members in nearly 15,000 posts worldwide.

Earl Day commands Portland Post #1, founded in 1920. He said there are about 1000 members of his post: 750 veterans, 150 members of the Women's Auxiliary and about 100 members of the Sons of the Legion.

To be eligible to join, you need to be an honorably discharged veteran from one of the branches of service or a Merchant Marine. Annual dues are $30.

Portland Post #1 is involved in several community projects - they hold an annual Halloween Party, a Valentine's Dance and every week they host a Sunday breakfast and Thursday night bingo. All events are open to the public.

For more information, contact Portland Post #1 at 1830 S.E. 122nd Ave., 503-252-2201 or
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