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Our History

Post 91 was started by a group of 20 Berea Veterans and was granted a charter on September 5th, 1919. The founding fathers named the Post after Lt. Albert E. Baesel, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in action during World War I. It seemed fitting that the name would honor a Berea Veteran. The first Post 91 was located on Front Street where the Public Library now stands today. The property was traded to the City of Berea for our current location on Coe Lake.

Over the years our Post has gone through many changes. Our current home was built in 1955 and renovated several times over the past 30 years. During the 90s the City of Berea officially renamed our Adams Street address to American Legion Parkway. On Memorial Day 2005, the drive way in front of our Post, was renamed Albert E. Baesel Drive by the City of Berea.

Post 91 continues to be a leader in the community providing volunteer services for Berea and outlining cities.

Who Was Albert E. Baesel?

Albert E. Baesel was a Second Lieutenant, from Berea, Ohio, during the First World War. He was killed in action in Ivoiry, France on September 27, 1918 and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in 1922.

He was the first World War I soldier from Ohio killed in action. His company fashioned a grave using a mess kit as a digging tool, constructed a cross from tree branches tied together with boot laces, and attached one of Baesel’s ID tags to it before departing. On September 5, 1919 the American Legion Post 91 Congressional Charter was issued, in honor of Albert E. Baesel. In early 1926, French farmers plowing for unexploded artillery projectiles, discovered Baesel’s grave and notified authorities. Within a short time Baesel’s remains were returned to Berea for proper burial. Today he is buried at Woodvale Cemetery located in Middleburg Hts, Ohio.

To learn more about Albert, please click here

Veterans Helping Veterans

Post 91 is dedicated to assisting our fellow veterans with benefits, employment, health care, moral support, burial services, and financial assistance.

We are actively involved with:

  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission

Serving The Community Since 1919

Post 91 is involved with several programs. Each year Post 91 donates its time and funds making Post 91 a leader among non-profit organizations in the local community.

We are currenty involved with:

  • Buckeye Boys State
  • Berea Baseball Association
  • Berea City Schools
  • City of Berea
  • Gifts for the Yanks Program
  • Louis Schmidt Memorial Grant
  • Student Exchange Program
  • Venture Group

Academic Scholarships

Our Post offers 4 scholarships for local college bound students. To learn more about Scholarships, please call our Post at 440-234-0091.

We offer the following scholarships:

  • Albert E. Baesel (original $1000.00 scholarship)
  • Thomas Marks (scholarship honoring first commander)
  • Virginia Offenberg (nursing scholarship)
  • James C. Masie (athletic scholarship)

Holiday Services

Our Post serves as sponsor of the Berea’s Memorial Day activities. We, along with the citizens of Berea, join together on this day to remember loved ones who has passed on, as well as remembering our service men and women. Parades and dedications of memorials are part of the day’s activities. Our Color Guard leads the parade accompanied by the Berea City Council, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Berea High School marching band, members of the armed forces, Berea Fire & Police Departments, and numerous clubs and orders. Following the parade is a remembrance ceremony attended by the Mayor, representatives of Post 91, Color Guard, Berea High School marching band, and honored speaker.

Post 91 also takes part in Berea’s patriotic holidays including Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Veterans Day, Patriots Day, and Flag Day.

Events

Post 91 is host to many special events, holiday parties, and fundraising activities.

Here is a list of events that take place every year (NOTE: dates are approximate- for our current calendar… please click here):

  • January– Friday Fish Frys, Sunday Breakfast
  • February– Super Bowl Party, Friday Fish Fry, Casino Night, Sunday Breakfast
  • March– Sal Reverse Raffle, St. Patrick’s Day Party, Sunday Breakfast, Legion Bus Trip
  • April– Kid’s Easter bunny luncheon and egg hunt, Gifts for the Yanks appreciation dinner, Spaghetti Dinner, Sunday Breakfast
  • May– Mother’s day breakfast, Garage Sale, Flower Sale, Memorial Day Services
  • June– Father’s Day Breakfast, Flag Disposal Ceremony
  • July– July 4th Fireworks
  • August– Pajama Walk, Post Family Picnic, Scholarship Golf Outing
  • September– Post 91 Birthday, Patriots Day Ceremony, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Pig Roast, Browns Tailgate Party
  • October– Clam Bake, Children’s Halloween Party, Halloween Party, Browns Tailgate Party
  • November– Reverse Raffle, Lady Veteran’s Luncheon, Veteran’s Day Luncheon
  • December– Children’s Christmas party

 

 

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Welcome To Post 91

Commander Ed Leopold welcomes you to Albert E. Baesel American Legion Post 91… The Post By The Lake. Named after Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Albert E. Baesel, Post 91 is located at the corner of Albert E. Baesel Drive and American Legion Parkway in Berea, Ohio (20 minutes southwest of Cleveland). Click Here to learn more.

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