Legion calls off July 4th celebration but proceeding with raffle

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Breda American Legion’s cancelation of its annual Fourth of July celebration creates significant financial difficulty for the post.

A letter from Commander Tony Schettler and Adjutant Arnold Tiefenthaler to Legion members explained the cancelation decision: “We felt that there would be no one traveling and with the positive test cases in a couple of neighboring counties that we had to do this for our own safety and the safety of everyone around us. We have received word that Iowa may not reach its peak until June or July. With this in mind, the state would not allow any mass gatherings.”

The letter added, “Because our expenses are ongoing and with the Legion being shut down since March, there has been no income. The next six months our expenses will average $1,670 a month plus $6,700 insurance, $4,500 loan payment and $9,000 for badly needed roof repair. This comes to a total of approximately $20,220. The club room has also lost $5,000 in outdated pop, mixes and beer. With this in mind, the Executive Committee is asking our membership for donations to offset these expenses.”

The letter said the post is a tax-exempt veterans organization; therefore, donations are tax-deductible.

Donations may be sent to Breda Legion Post 607, Box 85, Breda, IA 51436. Email address is

The post is proceeding with its Fourth of July raffle. Prizes already are on hand. Ticket prices are $1 each, six for $5 or 12 for $10. There are 12 tickets in a book. Prizes are a gun wall locker, handmade wooden U.S. flag, wooden dice game, and $100 cash.

The post is named for Fred F. and Norman J. Bruning. Fred Bruning, a bugler, died of the Spanish flu during World War I. His bugle is displayed at the Legion hall in Breda. Fred’s nephew Norman Bruning was the first soldier from the Breda area killed in World War II.

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