American Legion Post 690
May 2024 Newsletter

Post 690 Club Room
Is Open 6 Days a Week
Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Thursday - 1pm to 11pm
Friday & Saturday - 11am to 1am
Sunday - 11am to 11pm
The month of May always stands out on our Post 690 Calendar as the last Monday of the month is Memorial Day. As I write this, detailed planning for making it a Special Day in our Palatine Community is underway, involving all of the Families and numerous volunteers. My thanks and deep appreciation to Brenda Munagian, Sue Hallsten, and Bill Pohlman for spearheading it… for, I don’t know how many years… choreographing numerous details with the Village, Park District, Schools and other organizations, resulting in what has always been a special and profound event.
I offer some words for context of this important Day:
“Memorial Day is an occasion for both grief and celebration, reflecting on the tragic loss of life and recounting the courageousness of military service. For those who have served, the day holds the utmost significance while giving our country the opportunity to pay tribute and remember the lives that have been lost in defense of our nation.” (From the Disabled American Veterans 2024 Memorial Day Speech release)

“The first Memorial Day was not called Memorial Day. It is believed to have been celebrated with a parade of freed slaves and Union soldiers marching through Charleston, South Carolina in 1865. Waterloo, New York, is considered the official birthplace of Memorial Day because after the town held observances on May 5th, 1866, General John Murray and General John A. Logan called on all communities to honor the war dead every year. In 1868, Logan, who was head of the prominent veterans group, “Grand Army of the Republic,” issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” be observed nationwide. The date chosen was May 30th, specifically because it was not on the anniversary of a battle. It was a day to honor fallen veterans of all American wars. (*Logan Square, Chicago is named after General Logan; a statue of him is in Grant Park, and another is in Washington D.C.)

On this Memorial Day, we honor all service members who have lost their lives, but this year, let’s also keep our World War II veterans in our hearts and minds. As their numbers dwindle, it is up to us to capture and tell their stories and ensure that their memories live on.” (From American Legion National Headquarters)

In keeping with this, American Legion Palatine Post 690 welcomes new Legionnaire Robert Newren of Palatine. His 100th birthday is on 28 April, 2024 and we are honored that he is a now a Post member for our own Centennial Year. Robert is a Navy Veteran who served on the destroyer USS Lloyd during WWII. The Lloyd was engaged in extensive combat operations at sea in the Philippine Islands, landing troops, knocking out an enemy shore battery, and fighting its way back to Leyte, downing 3 enemy suicide planes. A few Legionnaire’s are going to stop by his home at the invitation of his family to celebrate his birthday, and there will be photos of him on our Club Room announcement screens to mark the occasion. Please stop in!
Our Post should always keep in mind the American Legion 2024 Memorial Day statement:
“As proud Americans, we should all remember that our freedom is not free. It is only possible because heroes, some from our own families or neighborhoods, have paid
a high price. It’s that price which enables us to have ceremonies and observances like this in towns across this great country.

We must always remember them.
May they all rest in peace.
God Bless America.”

Mark Cramer - Commander Post 690
Please join us. All Are Welcome.
This year's Memorial Day events will be conducted on May 27th. The scheduled Palatine Township and American Legion events are listed below.
10:00 am - A short ceremony in Hillside Cemetery on Smith St.
10:15 am - Parade starting at Robertson and Smith Sts. East on Robertson to Brockway St. South on Brockway to Wood St. East on Wood St. to the Community Park Veteran's Memorial at Wood St. and Northwest Highway.
11:00 am - Ceremony at Veteran's Memorial in Community Park.
12:15 pm - Honor Guard and Ceremony at Towne Square at Palatine Rd. and Smith St.
12:30 pm - Honor Guard and Ceremony at The German Cemetery on South Greeley St.
1:00 pm - Open House at the American Legion,
122 W. Palatine Rd. 
Veteran's Movie Night

Monday, May 13th

We’ll be finishing the series “Masters of the Air” then the documentary “Truth and Myths About the Vietnam War” will be shown.
Food, drinks and fellowship starting at 5pm.
The movie begins at 6:30pm.

It's All Free!

All Veterans are invited.
Legion member or not.
Bring a guest veteran with you.
Click for a preview of this month's movie.
Club Room

We have drink specials, video gaming, free popcorn and lots of friendly people. Open to the public.

May Specials

$1 Jello Shots - Strawberry Lime and Blue Raspberry

$1 Pudding Shots - Drunken Mocha and Raspberry Cream

Video Gaming at Post 690

Come out to the post and try your luck.

The Club Room is a great place to meet up with friends and family.
We are open to the Public, members and non-members.

Click on the link to find out about upcoming events.

Thankyou to everyone who donated to Veterans Exiting Homelessness.
If you still have items, Post 208 in Arlington Heights will have the Pod from May 1st to May 7th.

All items must be new.
All donations help Veterans get settled into an apartment or house.
Let's fill the pod this year!

American Legion Post 690 Auxiliary donated $4,000 and the Sons of the Legion donated $1,000 on top of all of the household items received. Thank you to Bob Haas and Jim Dunne who came out to the Post to accept the donation.

Saturday, June 22nd

As part of our 2024 Centennial Year, Post 690 will host a Youth and Family Day in Palatine Towne Square.
On site will be restored military vehicles to take pictures with and in partnership with the Palatine Historical Society there will be a visual timeline looking back at the last 100 years of Palatine and Post 690 History.
Something for the whole family. 
Free activities for youth under 18.

Check the Post Facebook Page and Website for more details.

National Poppy Day

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle following the publication of the wartime poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poem was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines.

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924, the distribution of poppies became a national program of The American Legion.

Led by the American Legion Auxiliary, each year members of The American Legion Family distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.

Meeting the continuing needs of our veterans should be the concern of every American who values his or her freedom. The Auxiliary promotes the poppy as a symbol of the sacrifices our military have made, a symbol to open people’s hearts and inspire them to donate.

"May, the month of sunshine, blooming flowers, and endless possibilities." - Unknown

Erica Bartnicki and Jill Robertson
Co-Presidents Unit 690 Auxiliary
Payday Raffle Winners

 Congratulations to the Payday winners in April
April 5th # -609
April 12th # 81
April 19th # -27
April 26 # - 171

May 2024 winners will be posted after the May Auxiliary Meeting.
Winners will be posted in the June Newsletter and on the board in the Club Room.
BINGO NIGHT - Last Saturday night bingo until September.
Come out for a night of fun. Saturday, May 11th.
Doors open at 6 pm with the Early Bird Game at 6:30 pm.
Bring your adult family and friends. Win cash prizes.
Full cash bar. Video gaming and strip cards available in the Club Room.
DPBA hosts Swing into Spring

:Friday May 3, 2024 5-9pm

The DBPA is excited for the 2nd annual spring event! No major changes from last year, except that the event is back on FRIDAY night 
Purchase a "passport" for $10. The purchase of a passport automatically gets you entered into winning a grand prize basket of Gift Cards from participating businesses. 

You can also win individual store prizes if you get their passport stamped at that business. 

You need to turn in your passport at the last store you visit, so that you can be entered to win the grand prize and/or a prize from that store. 

Saturday, May 4th at Post 690

Need A Great Spot For A Party or Event?
The Post 690 Club Hall just might be the spot for you.
Take a look at what we have to offer at a really attractive price.

Mission to prevent Veteran Suicide

The American Legion and Chip Ganassi Racing are promoting Netflix's upcoming comedy film “Unfrosted,” directed by and starring Jerry Seinfeld.
Rookie Linus Lundqvist drove the No. 8 American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda during the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. The car sported a special “Unfrosted” paint scheme that is the texture of an unfrosted Pop-Tart along with images of Seinfeld and some cast members.
The partnership will help broaden the reach of #BeTheOne, The American Legion’s primary mission, which aims to reduce the number of veterans lost to suicide.
Watch Linus Lundqvist drive the No. 8 American Legion Honda at the 108th Indianapolis 500 on May 26th.

Mike Rocha, SAL Commander
Thursday, May 23rd through Monday, May 27th

American Legion Post 690 will have members taking donations.

Led by the American Legion Auxiliary, each year members of The American Legion Family distribute poppies with a request that the person receiving the flower make a donation to support the future of veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families with medical and financial needs.
More Upcoming Events

July 5th and 6th - Bingo at Hometown Fest
August - Bingo at Hometown Fest

See for more details.
American Legion Post 690
122 West Palatine Road
Palatine, IL 60067