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Welcome to Elgin, Iowa!
The official web site for the town of Elgin, Iowa.
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|Elgin American Legion
306 Mill Avenue
The ELGIN AMERICAN LEGION POST #352 was chartered on Dec
31, 1919 by 20 recently returned World War I veterans from the
Elgin area and soon became the social and community civic
leader for activities throughout the Elgin area.
In 1982 the Post decided to initiate a fund drive for the purpose
of building a community building for Elgin. In a very few months
almost $40,000 dollars was raised by donations throughout the
Elgin area which was the original estimate for the materials for
the building. The entire project was completed with all volunteer
labor from local carpenters, electricians, and many willing
helpers with no debit after completion.
In 1987 additions where added to each end of the building to
include a small meeting room and a storeroom, again with
donations and volunteer labor.
The Veterans Memorial Community, as it is called, is used for
monthly Legion meetings, as a Senior Citizen meal site, for Boy
Scout meetings, and many other Elgin area meetings. It is
available for rental and is used for many anniversary parties,
birthday parties, and receptions of all kinds.
Over the years the Elgin Legion has taken an active part in
providing many community projects. It spearheaded the
installation of the first lighted football field for the Elgin Public
School in the early 1950’s, conducted one of the first gun safety
programs for the youth of the Elgin area, sponsored a yearly
bicycle safety session, is a sponsor for the Cub & Boy Scout
troops, and provides the meeting place for their meetings in the
Community Building. Back in the days when Halloween pranks
where starting to get somewhat out of hand the Legion provided
all night police duty for the Town to curb any destructive pranks
that where attempted.
The Veterans of World War I, that founded the Legion in Elgin,
initiated a unique Memorial Day service that is still held each
year with a few changes. The Elgin town band along with the
Legion members would form up on Main street in front of the
down town park followed by most of the young people from town
carrying wreaths and march to the cemetery for the program.
The Legion Color Guard would cover the entire cemetery with a
salute at each veteran’s grave while a wreath was placed to
honor that veteran. Today basically the same program is held at
6 rural cemeteries around Elgin ending with the very well
attended service in the Elgin Cemetery. The Legion has
constructed white crosses that are placed at every grave along
with an American Flag a few days before Memorial Day and
during the salute on Memorial Day a large poppy is placed
instead of the original wreath. Well over 200 veteran graves are
honored with this salute each year. An Avenue of Flags is also
displayed on Memorial Day using burial Flags donated from the
families of deceased veterans. The Elgin American Legion
Memorial day service is recognized as being the most meaningful
and inspirational services in the area.
The Elgin American is dedicated to providing Memorial Honor
Services for deceased veterans in the Elgin area and is ready to
conduct a fitting tribute when called on by their families.
The Elgin Post has been providing the Color Guard and presenting
the Flag for Valley High School football games as an ongoing
activity for the Post since the formation of the Valley School. It
also helps sponsor the annual Veterans Day program at the
Valley Community Schools along with the Clermont and Wadena
AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS!
The Elgin American Legion
"Veterans Memorial Community
Building" is available to rent
for receptions, special
meetings, reunions, and family
or special dinners.
To make reservations contact
It includes tables and chairs to
seat approximately 125 people
with table wear for that
capacity. It has a complete
kitchen with most of the
equipment and utensils needed
to cook a modest meal. There
is an outdoor gas grille for
grilling your own meat of your
There is also a small meeting
room that will accommodate
about 25 or 30 people for use
by that number of people at a
very reasonable rate.
ELGIN AMERICAN LEGION POST # 352
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST
SUNDAY, March 13, 2016
10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
FREE WILL OFFERING
ELGIN LEGION COMMUNITY BUILDING