Meat Raffle every Wednesday at 5:30 pm Next week after the Fish House Parade we will be having free Chili and a Meat Raffle at 3:00 pm.
Was going through my phone and found some pictures from the VFW. The picture of my red eyes was when I pepper sprayed myself the night before I bartended for the super bowl.
There are some available passes from Dan Stifter and the Aitkin Football Team for Veterans (plus a guest) to get into our football game for free tomorrow night, Friday, September 13, 2019.
They also have a free cookout starting at 5 pm before the game. Kickoff will be at 7 pm.
Anyone interested please contact Stacy Westerlund !!
Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11. If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
Oldest living American veteran of World War II Turns 110 on 09/12/2019
New Orleanian Lawrence Brooks isn’t much for big birthday celebrations.
After all, when you’ve had more birthdays than just about anyone else in the world, blowing out all those candles can be a challenge.
But this is a big one.
Brooks will turn 110 on Thursday. That places him among fewer than 500 verified "supercentenarians" worldwide.
In Louisiana, Brooks is second in seniority only to Napoleonville native and Gretna resident Odile Washington, who was born 81 days before Brooks in 1909.
Moreover, Brooks is now considered the oldest living American veteran of World War II, succeeding Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, who died in December at age 112.
The only older living veteran of the war is 113-year-old Gustav Gerneth, of Germany, who first survived being a Russian prisoner of war.
“That makes me feel good,” Brooks said of his new special status. “Yes, indeed it does.”
The National WWII Museum is honoring Brooks, who was in the Army between 1940 and 1945, serving with the predominately African American 91st Engineering Battalion in the Pacific Theater, on Thursday with a 10 a.m. party in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion.
It’s a tradition that began on Brooks’ 105th birthday in 2014.
“We absolutely love Mr. Brooks,” said museum vice president Peter Crean. “We’ve told him, 'As long as you keep having birthdays, we are going to keep having birthday parties for you here.'
“We consider him ‘our veteran.’ ”
Brooks is sure to get extra attention during his favorite part of those birthdays — plenty of kisses from the museum's vocal trio, the Victory Belles.
“I do like the Victory Belles,” Brooks said. “They’re sweet girls.”
That Brooks can still appreciate female charms at his advanced age is an example of his remarkable physical and mental state.
Until he suffered a broken hip last December, he enjoyed walking through his Central City neighborhood.
Brooks now uses a walker to get around and settles for sitting on the front porch of the shotgun double on Clara Street where he lives with his daughter, Vanessa, greeting friends and strangers alike.
Other than that, Brooks spends most of his time in a large bedroom decorated with pictures and other mementos, many springing from his newfound celebrity that developed after a parishioner at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, which he faithfully attends, brought him to the museum’s attention.
Although blind in his right eye with failing vision in his left, Brooks still has a well-groomed head of hair, and his hearing is so good that visitors are sometimes reminded they don’t have to speak so loudly when talking to him.
He’s never had heart problems, cancer or any other major disease, although low blood pressure and dehydration are concerns.
“He sleeps later than he used to, and he has more pain because of his hip,” Vanessa Brooks said. “But he likes to eat and loves to get out and see people.”
He doesn’t just stay close to home either.
In 2017, after Lawrence Brooks spoke to the Saints before a game, Cam Jordan gave him his Super Bowl tickets. Brooks went to the game in Minneapolis as the guest of the late team owner Tom Benson and his wife, Gayle, although Brooks didn’t care for the cold weather.
This year, Brooks says he’d go to Miami for the Super Bowl only if the Saints are there too — something that, in his estimation, will happen.
Before that, on Dec. 14, Vanessa Brooks is getting married. Lawrence Brooks not only has promised to walk her down the aisle but also dance, using “my third leg,” as he calls his walker.
Brooks was widowed in 2005 when his second wife, Leona, died shortly after the couple was evacuated by helicopter following Hurricane Katrina. He concedes, “My girlfriend days are over,” although his daughter suspects that might not be so.
“She’s probably younger than me, too,” said Vanessa, 59.
A conversation with Brooks is full of jokes, along with his prodigious recall of events, such as the journeys of the 91st after he reported for basic training in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in 1940.
He received his draft notice at 31, at a time when all men up to 45 were required to register for Selective Service. He was sent to Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, then San Antonio and Beaumont, Texas, and finally Fort Polk, where the group participated in the famous Louisiana maneuvers during the spring of 1941.
Not in combat though. Black units in the segregated armed forces had white officers and, for the 91st, there was more physical labor than soldiering.
Discharged on Nov. 7, 1941, after his one-year obligation was over, Brooks was recalled to the 91st after Pearl Harbor, just a month later.
In 1942, the battalion spent 48 days on the Queen Mary in a voyage from New York to Australia, a voyage made longer as the liner zigzagged to avoid German submarines in the Atlantic and Japanese ones in the Pacific.
By then, Brooks was an orderly for three officers — fetching them meals, cleaning their uniforms and sheets, and shining their shoes.
Brooks said he accepted the work as just another duty that somebody had to do.
“An old sergeant told me that the best thing I could do was do what I was told, and keep my mouth shut,” Brooks said. “But I’d already been able to get along with everybody.”
Brooks’ job had its perks.
“They’d get up early in the morning and have me drive them somewhere,” Brooks said of the officers. “Then I’d go back to my bunk and sleep.
“They just sort of took a liking to me. They treated me like a soldier and not their servant.”
The 91st would eventually transfer to New Guinea where Brooks had his most harrowing experiences. An incendiary bomb destroyed the tent that he shared with seven others while they were watching a movie nearby. Another time, an engine went out on a flight back from Australia, and he and the crew had to throw bails of barbed wire overboard to lighten the load.
“There was the pilot, the co-pilot and me and just two parachutes,” Brooks said in his oral history interview with the museum. “I told them, ‘If we have to jump, I’m going to grab one of them.' ”
Retelling that, Brooks lets out a full-throated laugh. It's an example of the good humor that has carried him through more than a century of living.
“I don’t know why I’ve lived this long,” he said. “But I think it has a lot to do with always being nice to people.”
That can’t have always been easy.
Born during the first year of William Howard Taft’s presidency, Brooks was one of 15 children in a farm family living in Norwood in East Feliciana Parish. Conditions for African Americans in segregated Louisiana were oppressive, at best, during his formative years.
He moved to New Orleans as a young man, working in a laundry and parking cars before the Army called.
After the war, he worked as a fork lift operator before retiring at age 70 — four decades ago.
He had five children (two deceased), 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He's convinced that living with Vanessa instead of in a nursing home has extended his time beyond all expectations.
And while he’s obviously lost many family members and friends along the way (the recent death of WVUE’s Nancy Parker hit him especially hard), he appreciates those he has encountered in recent years.
“I’ve started to think about not having many birthdays left,” he said. “But I’m not worried about it, because God has let me live this long already.
“I think it’s because I’ve always liked people so much. Oh yes, I do.”
Dont forget !! Meat Raffle Begins at 5:30pm !!!
We are with Warrior Expeditions and are doing the 2019 Warrior Paddle from Itaska to the gulf. We will be in Aitkin tomorrow and are wondering if someone could pick us up and bring us to the VFW for dinner, not asking for free food just a ride there.
We are members of the VFW and look forward to meeting our fellow brothers and sisters in arms.
Greg and Travis
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A tribute to our Fallen Soldiers who fought for our freedom. I put these pictures together so that we may not forget those left behind.
Be sure and not miss the 3rd Friday in April !!!
Please join Aitkin Wrestling this Thursday for Veteran's Appreciation Night!! All vets get in free to the match.
May God have mercy on your soul.. and thank you for your service
stripes.com Richard Overton, the oldest-living veteran, was born on May 11, 1906, the same year as the first wireless radio broadcast, and a year before Oklahoma became a state. He died Thursday at the age of 112.
Hope to see you all today !!!
[10/07/18] Don't miss the game... Starts at 3:25... Happy hour during the game and comfort food... See you soon!
Be sure not to miss it !!!
Doors will open at 11:30 just in time for the Vikings versus Packers game we will also have comfort food come early stay late hope to see you!!!!!
[09/15/18] Be sure not to miss the game Vikings versus Green Bay Packers tomorrow at noon will be serving little smokies chips and dip and garlic Teriyaki wings during the game as well as happy hour during the game doors will open at 11:30 a.m. ;-)
Buffalo, teriyaki, and bbq chicken for a treat and happy hour during the game... SKOL!!!
Thank you to all the bikers for wounded warriors who stopped by today.. we appreciate your business and hope to see you soon
A VFW classic meal you'll surely not want to miss
Congrats to Liz Boyer who won first place on our rib cook-off today her and Mary McDonnell we're our #1 !!!
PULL TABS ARE BACK !!!
Don't miss a fantastic meal next Saturday the 4th !!!!
Be sure not to miss dinner.. swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes and green beans.. ice cream for dessert !!
$10 adults, $5 - 12 and under
Open at noon wed thru sun with full menu
Special thanks to Dave P., Chuck O. and Jeff W. for their hard work today making sure the VFW is looking it's best
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Full menu and daily specials. 4 miles north of Mille Lacs on Hwy 169. WiFi. Happy Hour 4:00 - 6:00. Ample parking for trailers, on the snowmobile trails.
Block North Brew Pub is a restaurant and brewery in a small town of Aitkin, Looking forward to hosting you soon!