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Los Altos Post 558

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Los Altos Post 558
347 First Street, Los Altos
post558losaltos@gmail.com
Hall Rental -  Ted Greenwood (408) 393-0135
Veterans - Ken Newman (650) 906-8978

 

Join Us for Memorial Day 2024 to honor all veterans, living and deceased, at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial.  This is a one-hour event with music, speakers, and a wreath laying ceremony (one wreath for each service branch).  The Mountain View Memorial contains the names of veterans who have a connection to Mountain View or lived in the community or nearby.  

 

About

The Los Altos Post 558 was formed in 1938 by World War I Veterans from the community, who built the main hall and opened the doors in 1940.  The clubroom and bar were added in 1948.  The Post was originally named after resident Lt. Col. John J. Howard, an illustrious Spanish-American war hero.  In 2006, the Post was renamed to reflect the location in Los Altos. 

In 2022-23 the Clubroom was remodeled and fitted with a new bar, luxury vinyl flooring, AV equipment, handicap access to the main hall, and two remodeled bathrooms including one with ADA access for all.  The main hall has wood floors and has been used for decades for dance, exercise, martial arts, meetings, dinners, parties, celebration of life, Scout activities, and more.  The outdoor plaza has two granite benches, a Little Library, a flagbox for residents to retire old flags, and the original 24 foot flagpole with American and POW/MIA flags that are illuminated at night.  A recent donation of a Bear sculpture wearing the patches of the five military service branches was added n 2022.  

Veterans from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Sunnyvale meet regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. with social time at 6 p.m.  The Post focuses on services to Veterans, Community & Children & Youth.  

News

The Post was granted historical landmark status by the City of Los Altos on March 8, 2022.  The Post was instrumental in the founding of the City as the place where the town organizational meetings were held and was a valuable resource to the community for over 83 years.  Mayors, Senators and President Carter have attended meetings at the Post.

In 2022, the Post began expanding its existing disaster preparedness services to become the first "node" as a care and comfort refuge for the residents and employees in the town's Neighborhood Emergency Network.  These improvements were incorporated into the first phase of remodeling the Clubroom.  The second phase will be the main hall.

The Post completed remodeling the Clubroom in 2023, and will begin fundraising for a new roof and other Main Hall improvements.  Now that construction is completed, the Post is actively seeking new rentals for both classes and events in the Main Hall and Clubroom.  Donations for the new roof may be made to the Los Altos American Legion Charities, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, by mail to 347 First Street, Los Altos, CA 94022.

For more information, contact Ken Newman, ken558d13@gmail.com or (650) 906-8978.

Events

Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial located at Eagle Park, 650 Franklin St., Mountain View.  This is an outdoor gathering in a park with chairs. After the event, please visit the nearby Library (walking distance) to view pieces of the Berlin Wall located outside the entrance. The event is organized by the Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee, American Legion Los Altos Post 558 and Admiral William A. Moffett Post 881. Visit mvveteransmemorial.org for more information.

Join us for two events on Veterans Day 2024 in Mountain View and Los Altos.
Join us on November 11, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial located at Eagle Park, 650 Franklin St., Mountain View. This is an outdoor gathering in a park with chairs. After the event, please visit the nearby Library (walking distance) to view pieces of the Berlin Wall located outside the entrance. The event is organized by the Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee, American Legion Los Altos Post 558 and Admiral William A. Moffett Post 881. Visit mvveteransmemorial.org for more information.
Then join us from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans Community Plaza at the corner of Main Street and State Street in downtown Los Altos. In the event of rain, this event will relocated to our American Legion Hall, located at 347 First Street (across From Draeger's parking lot) in Los Altos.

Veterans Craft Faire 2024. Support Veterans by shopping for holiday gifts at the Veterans Craft Faire on Saturday, November 9, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Santa Clara Post 419, located at 958 Homestead Road, Santa Clara. Visit alpost419ca.org for more information. Last year's flyer is shown left. Deadline to register for the 2024 event is October 14th.

Services

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Pictured Above Boy Scouts, Led by Scout Connor Wilcox, Just Completing a Thorough Cleaning of Hall & Clubroom for Covid Re-Opening Nov. 1, 2020.