In the late spring of 1918, Bertha Lund of Blooming Prairie received belated Mother’s Day greetings from her son. Otto Lund, the namesake of American Legion Post 52, had a good excuse for the late letter: he was a soldier serving on the Western Front..
Otto Lund’s Letter Home: “I am Just a Soldier Fighting in the Trenches All the Time.”
Jul 2, 1918
Otto Lund, namesake of American Legion Post 52, was born in Denmark but spent most of his life in Blooming Prairie. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the National Guard. America had just entered World War I and Otto would soon be returning..
When he inspected Otto Lund’s division in early July 1918, General Pershing suggested that it was headed “to a more active front.” Sure enough, the army sent the 32nd Division to help check a German offensive in northeastern France.
Just over a century ago on July 21, 1919, Blooming Prairie became the first American Legion Post in Steele County to receive a charter from the national organization. But is it the county’s oldest post?
Every year, the American Legion holds a national convention. The 2018 convention was special for two reasons: It was the hundredth convention and it took place in Minneapolis, which hosted the first gathering 101 years ago.
On Friday, March 15, 2019 the Blooming Prairie American Legion Post #52 will be celibrating it's Centennial year with a Dinner and program at the Servicemen's Club in Blooming Prairie. Social hour from 5 to 6m P.M. dinner and program to follow, all are welcome.