American Legion Lynn Canal PostHaines Alaska
Welcome To Lynn Canal American Legion Post #12’s home page.
Our post is located in Haines, Alaska at the northern end of the Lynn Canal, At 80 miles in length, it is the longest fiord in North America. Haines is one of only three communities in Southeast Alaska that are tied into the North American road system. (Hyder, Haines & Skagway). We are connected to the Alaska Highway at Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, Canada via the 150 mile Haines Highway.
Although the Haines Borough has a population of slightly less than 2,500, over 300 veterans live here. In 1937, 35 World War I veterans obtained an American Legion charter and our post has been active ever since. Our post facilities include a spacious clubroom on the ground floor with a large meeting hall on the story above it.
Visiting Legionnaires are always welcome.
What’s Happening At Post 12?
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FROM THE SERVICE OFFICER
Terry Pardee is continuing to assist all veterans (not just Legion members) with VA related matters. While you may not need Terry’s assitance now, you should be sure your DD-214 is available in case you ever do need it. And be sure your family members know where it is. Maybe keeping it with your will would be a logical spot. Contact Terry Pardee at the Post (766-2350) with your VA related questions.
The Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The contest begins at the Post level with the winner being awarded a $250.00 scholarship. The winner will advance to the District level to compete for a $300.00 scholarship. A statewide competition is held in April usually in Anchorage. The winner of that competition will represent the state of Alaska in a National competition. Scholarships of over $10,000.00 will be awarded.
American Legion Boys State/Girls State
American Legion Boys State/Girls State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students. It is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government. Delegates will be selected at the local level to attend a week long program actually forming and running a government. Selected candidates will represent our state at the nation level and be eligible for several scholarships. This program is a very positive asset on job resumes.
Veteran’s Day Dinner
Annually, this Post hosts a dinner for our veterans and active duty soldiers on Veteran’s Day, November 11. It is a top notch dinner served by a youth group of volunteers and has a short program honoring those who have served and those serving our country now.
Annually, the American Legion Auxiliary conducts a spelling bee in the community. The top three winners are awarded small cash prizes and the first place finisher and chaperone receive an all-expenses paid trip to the state Spelling Bee.
A historical essay contest is held annually to compete for small cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the state level.
Members Please note – our annual dues increased to $55 effective January 1, 2016.