American Legion holding breakfast on Feb. 12


AUBURN — Volunteers of the American Legion, William Rogers Post 153, will offer a Presidential Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. 

Paul R. Bernard, past chairman of the L&A Veterans Council, said, “When I hear of a breakfast that is serving light, fluffy scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon, a choice of sausage links or patties, home fries cooked in a secret legionnaire recipe, Boston baked beans, white, wheat or English muffin toast, and the military’s infamous S.O.S. with Army coffee and juice, I think expensive.”

Not so, according to Commander Hugh Brown. The members of the post are very aware of the rising cost of food and as a continued service to the community, they are offering all of these items plus an old Beaulieu family recipe for crepes that has been passed down for generations from Quebec and earlier from France for a cost of only $6. Don Beaulieu, sergeant-at-arms for the post, is the keeper of the recipe secret.

S.O.S., which was used since 1935 in the U.S. Army, is also known as “stew on a shingle” or another, less-polite version, or also “same old stuff.” It is comprised of a creamy white sauce and rehydrated slivers of dried beef or chopped sausage, served on toasted bread, English muffins, biscuits, home fries, rice and in casseroles, can also be flavored with Worcestershire sauce and dried parsley. S.O.S. was emblematic of the military experience.

Other February events remembered are the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima in 1945, Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993.

All money raised supports the post home and American Legion programs. For information on membership, contact Commander Hugh Brown at 782-1118 or email or send mail to New Auburn American Legion, William Rogers Post 153, 71 South Main St., Auburn, ME 04210.