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Legion members will celebrate birthday with awards ceremony

The Rosemount American Legion will celebrate its 95th birthday. As the group has done for years, Post 65 will celebrate by recognizing members of the organization and by honoring those in the community that serve us all, including a police officer, firefighter and dispatcher of the year.

Champ Forrest, Post 65 Commander, said the event is open to all and they would like to see the community come out to celebrate.

“It’s not just for members. It’s open to all,” said Forrest.

Post 65 will hold its annual celebration starting at 5 p.m. March 22 at 14590 Burma Ave. Among the awards that will be handed out are Continuous Membership awards, Firefighter of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year, Legionnaire of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. The national organization will turn 95 years old this year as well. Post 65 was chartered in 1920. The basic function of the American Legion is to serve veterans and the community.

Post 65 serves the community through donations and events. The Rosemount post has recognized police and firefighter of the year since 1993. In 2009 the legion also started honoring the Dakota Communication Center Dispatch Operator of the year. Each award recipient is chosen by their peers, said Forrest.

The event will include a social hour, dinner and the program. This year mayor Bill Droste will be the keynote speaker. The winners will be announced during the ceremony.

Cost is $10 or veterans and $15 for guests. Call the post for more information at 651-423-3380.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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