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Largest initiation held in MN

Post 435  Minneapolis-Richfield, Minnesota

February 21, 1956

The largest mass initiation ever held in Minnesota took place on February 21, 1956 at the Richfield High School auditorium. The guest of honor and main speaker was National Commander J. Addington Wagner. In attendance were 500 new initiates. In addition to the National Commander's appearance, Department Commander Dan Foley was on hand for greetings, plus Department and Fifth District dignitaries. The ritual was conducted by the Voiture 45, 40&8 ritual team led by Bill Lyons. Prior to the initiation, Commander Wagner dedicated the ground of our new Post Home at 6501 Portland Avenue. The program was opened with a concert by the Richfield High School Band. The Colors were posted and retrieved by the Minneapolis Fire and Police Post Color Guard. Greetings were delivered by Governor Orville and Richfield Mayor Fred Kittell. Choral offerings by the Minneapolis Choralaires added to the inspiring evening.