2019 U.P. Winter Tour Starts January 20 in Newberry

Department Commander Steve Striggow, USMC

The 2019 Annual Commander’s Winter U.P. Tour begins at the Newberry American Legion Post ( 7964 STATE HWY M 123) on Sunday, January 20.   Department Commander Striggow will be accompanied by Department President Williamson and Detachment Commander LaMunyon for the week-long event. 

Take the opportunity to meet the department commander.

What are tours meant to accomplish?  Tours, whether they are for the Upper Peninsula, the 16th District, or another district in the State of Michigan is all about meeting the membership.   Michigan is a large state, and the commander’s term in office is only one year.  They want to meet as many members as they are able.  Tours, set up by district commanders and zone commanders help the department commander meet that goal.

The tradition has been going on since the beginning of the American Legion.

Who is invited to one of the stops on tour?

Everyone is invited to meet the commander at any one of the several stops on tour.   They want to meet you, and they want to hear about what Legionnaires are doing for our veterans and our military.  Stop in, and share your story.

The 2019 U.P. Winter Tour schedule (note all subject to change, like the weather)

The tour begins on January 20 at the Newberry American Legion Post at 6 p.m. for dinner.  On Monday the tour stops at the Engadine Post at 1 p.m. for lunch and then moves on to the Gladstone Post for dinner at 6 p.m.

On Tuesday, lunch will be served at the Rock Post at Noon; then they will head to Marquette for a tour of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans at 3 p.m. and dinner at the Marquette Post at 6 p.m.

Wednesday the group will have coffee and rolls at the Greenwood Post, before heading to Hancock Post for lunch at Noon.  Then the caravan heads to the Lake Linden Post for dinner at 6 p.m., Yes, those on tour eat all the time.  Food and fellowship are the cornerstones of camaraderie.

On Thursday, the tour will visit the Wakefield Post for a Noon lunch and then head to Iron Mountain for a 6 p.m. dinner visit. 

Friday the group will receive a tour and briefing at the Iron Mountain VA Hospital at 10 a.m. CST before traveling to Stambaugh Post for the beginning of the U.P. Association Winter Meeting that begins Friday evening and runs through Sunday.

For more information and details contact the 5th Zone Commander Carl Morrison at (906) 249-4315.