Silver Lake Post 141


Post History

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.




Affiliated Organizations

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.

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.

                                                                              Patriotic Days

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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