Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 was the result of a meeting held by a group of World War 1 veterans on Monday October 13th, 1919. There were 42 men at that meeting. Dr. T.J. Trutna presided, and was unanimously elected Chairman or Commander. Principal O. J. Johnson and John C. Horejsi were Vice Chairman (Vice Commanders), Dr. B.P. Wrbitzky Secretary (Adjutant), and Joseph Kaminsky Treasury (Finance Officer). The Executive Committee was composed of Ben Eggert, Joe Evinski, George B Chalupsky, John Wendolek, Frank Trnka, Henry Podrasky, and Edward J. Nuwash. The men at the meeting were as follows:
Joe Antoski Joseph F. Kaminsky Frank J. Sopkowiak
Henry Barto Frank G. Mallak John Svanda
George B. Chalupsky William Matuska Frank E. Trnka
Henry Drahos Frank Mrkvicka William Trnka
Joe Evinski Emil Miller Dr. T.J. Trutna
Roman Evinski Edward Nuwash Joseph M. Vacek
Ben Eggert Otto Nuwash John J. Vlcek
Anthony Goranowski Peter Pawlicki Rufus Wanous
Michael Gajewski Albert Penaz Peter Wawrzyniak
William Hakel Henry Podrasky John Wendolek Sr.
John C. Horejsi Emil Ruzicka Dr. B.P. Wrbitzky
Frank Hornicek Frank J. Shier Harry Wrbitzky
George Jaskowiak Joseph Skerik Edward Yukel
O.J. Johnson S. William Skerik Joseph Zdrazil
The official charter for Silver Lake Post 141 was given under the hand and seal of the National Commander duly attested by the National Adjutant at Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana on the 11th day of June, 1923 and countersigned by the Commander and the Adjutant for the Department of Minnesota at St Paul on the 25th day of June, 1923.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 141 was formed on Feb. 16th 1925. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 141 was formed on April 20th, 1989. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Silver Lake community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday. There is a Memorial Day Ceremony every year at the Legion Park on Memorial day at 11 AM, where the names of Veterans who have passed are read.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. It has been in Silver Lake. Annually the Post sponsors a Veterans Day Dinner that all Veterans are welcome to sign up for. This can be done by calling the Post within a month of dinner usually held the Saturday closest to November 11th. Check the upcoming events calendar.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost --- sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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