SPECIAL EVENTS:  (updated 3/13/2019)

The celebration for National Poppy day in 2019 will be scheduled shortly, for Legionnaires and Auxiliary members to make the distribution drives. This is also a fund raiser for veterans families. Post 501 will need person power to make this happen. Get in touch with us if you are able to assist. Use the “Contact Us” tab below, or leave a message on the Post 501 answering machine if you have some time.


William S. Middleton Memorial
Veterans Hospital, Madison
2018 Wish List

The Middleton VA Hospital is requesting items for the Veterans.  These will be delivered by Unit 501 Auxiliary to the VA Hospital in early December for Christmas.
Quilts – (bed size, 4 x 6, stitched or tied)
Fleece Blankets – store bought
Lap Robes – (4 x 6 & tightly knitted or crocheted)
Afghans – (bed size & tightly knitted or crocheted)
Postal stamps – cards of forever stamps
Plain note cards
Reading glasses (various strengths)
Nail Clippers/Emery boards
Small tubes of toothpaste
Kleenex (small packages)
Men’s socks
New Men’s tennis shoes (sizes: 10-13)
Men’s t-shirts (call for sizes)
New Men’s Sweatshirts & Sweatpants (M, Lg, XL, XXL)
Activity books – search a word, crossword
puzzles, sudoku (large print and new – not partially used)
Coloring books/color pencils – for adults
Model kits (car/airplane/boat/military) – must be plastic
Model paints (paint pods w/glue)
Donations for coupon books for Veterans and their families for coffee or lunch at the cafeteria

Bring donations to Unit 501 and we will deliver them to the VA Hospital.

 National Poppy Day is May 25, 2018.  It's a day of remembering those who have given their all in the defense of our American life.  While the events of World War I have been the initiation of this memory day, the heritage does transcend all conflicts since in which our women and men have been challenged to serve.It is time for all Legionnaires and their loved one to take a few moments in memory.  Don't forget to add a Poppy or two to your outfit.  100% of the monies donated  go to helping veterans in need.

On May 18, 2018, several Legionnaires of Post 501 distributed poppies to the good people at the Wm S Middleton Veteran's Hospital, located here in Madison, WI.  We had a table established just outside the auditoriam, from 9 AM until about 4 PM on that Friday.  Several Legionnaires provided a willingness to donate their time, and some funds were raised. Join us again next year in celebration of our veterans being cared for in this excellent VA facility.  We can always use another person sitting alongside in this support mission.  Leave a message on the CONTACT US tab on the top of this page.


Click below to link to the poem written by Maj. John McCrae, a Canadian medical doctor, while serving on the Western Front, December 8, 1915.

"In Flanders Fields"