The Big Lake American Legion was issued a temporary membership in September 1919 and received its permanent membership in June 1923.
Our Post was named after Arthur Embretson, a resident of Orrock who was lost in the Bermuda Triangle on the U.S.S. Cyclops which disappeared on March 4, 1918.
The founding Commander was Cecil Eddy, Adjutant was David Toussaint, and Finance Officer was Leon Phillips. Other charter members were Orville Larson, Theodore Marriage, Alfred Gorham, Jean Johnson, Michael Tracy, William F. Johnson, Robert Mitchell, Albert Fredrickson, Francis McGuire, Olaf Wilson, and O. Jensen.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 147. 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.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Big 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. We hold a service every year at the Big Lake Cemetery at 10am to remember all who served our country.
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.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 147 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in our County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post 147 acquired a burial lot in all our Cemeteries and this has been marked by the erection of a massive monument marking it as the burial lot for servicemen without kin. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran's grave.
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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