American Legion Post 1288
American Legion Post 1288

Welcome to the Bolingbrook American Legion - Post 1288

Organized December 2, 1971, |  Chartered May 24, 1973,

American Legion Post 1288 is the Bolingbrook, Illinois affiliate of the National American Legion. Post 1288 serves area veterans and the greater Bolingbrook community. The Post hosts monthly meetings on the third Monday of every month and participates in a variety of activities and events throughout the calendar year.  Post 1288 is also home to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1288 and the Sons of the Legion Squadron 1288. 


For information on Post 1288, Unit 1288 Auxiliary, or Squadron 1288 

Property Tax Exemption for Illinois Disabled Veterans

There is a disability property tax exemption in Illinois for veterans. You may be eligible to receive this property tax exemption if you are a disabled veteran and a resident of Illinois. Disabled veterans may have some or all of their property taxes covered. This is called a Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities (SHEVD).

Veterans without a disability will still pay property taxes in Illinois. However, those who are disabled can qualify for an exemption by completing the applicable property tax exemption form. For more information click the button below.

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          2023 VETERAN OF THE YEAR                    Commander Herschel Nelson 

Get your own American Legion Bolingbrook Post 1288 50th Anniversary T-Shirt for only $15


We have four options:

1. Red Shirt with our 50th-anniversary logo

2. Blue Shirt with our 50th-anniversary logo

3. Black established in 1973 shirt

4. Black shirt with our 50th-anniversary logo on the front with a back design that has the American Eagle in the middle of the back flanked by the American Flag & MIA/POW flag on each side of the Eagle.

All shirts have an American Flag on the right sleeve.



Female: Small-XL

Unisex: XSmall-3XL


For Your Orders Contact 

American Legion Post 1288

201 B Canterbury Lane

P.O. Box 1133

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Phone: 630-226-8484

Hot off the presses!! Get your Commemorative American Legion Bolingbrook Post 1288 50th Anniversary Challange Coin. For Only $10.00.

Want to know more about our organization and the work we do in the community? Check out our latest News and Events page.  

                         What We Do

American Legion Bolingbrook Post #1288

1. Provide Military Honors for Bolingbrook Veterans
2. Assist local Veterans in need and their families.
3. Assist Veterans Widows and Widowers in filling out VA
Claim forms.
4. We Participate in Community events and activities.
5. We Present the Police and Firemen Awards each year.
6. We Present Teacher of The Year Awards each year.
7. We send area youth to both Boy’s State and Girl’s State
programs in Springfield Illinois.
8. We work with Boy Scout Troops in our area.
9. We meet to support Veterans in the Heritage Woods
Retirement home.
10. We work with the community to dispose of unserviceable
U.S. Flags.
11. We collect toys for the TOYS for TOTS program every year
to donate toys to the Bolingbrook Area.
12. We participate in Veterans in the Classroom in the local
13. We are involved in the Gift for Yanks program each year.
14. We attend and participate in the Village Memorial Day
15. We participate in the Veterans Day Program.
16. We participate in the Cavalcade of Planes at Clow Airport.
17. We participate in the Bolingbrook Village Picnic.

18. We participate in Bolingbrook Village Parade.


Tailgaters - Veteran's Raffles and Queen of Hearts 

Every Thursday starting at 5 PM members from Bolingbrook VFW Post 5917 and American Legion Post 1288 conduct raffles and a "Queen Of Hearts" drawing where you could win Big $$$ Money $$$. The prize distribution depends or the amount collected in a progressive pot for the Queen, however concellation prizes are also awarded to the Lucky Person such as car washes, two drinks, tickets to next weeks drawing, and cash, there are no losers. We also sell pull tabs for on the spot cash winners. Come out and help us for this worhty cause, as all proceeds are used in our Veteran's Relief Funds. 


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The LEGION Act Expands Membership Eligibility

On July 30, 2019, President Donald Trump signed the LEGION Act into law delcaring that the United States has been in a state of war since December 7, 1941.  The declaration recognizes approximately 1600 service members killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war.  The Act also expands elgibility for approximately 6 million veterans who previously where inelgible to join the American Legion.


Under the Act, if you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion.

For more information on membership, please contact the Post.

Congratulations to the New Post 1288 Officers for 2023-2024

Elections for Post 1288 officers for the year 2023-2024 were held.  Congratulations to our incoming Post 1288 officers:


Post Commander - Herschel Nelson

Sr. Vice Commander - Greg Palmer

Jr. Vice Commander - Eric Morris

Adjutant - Greg Palmer

Finance Officer - John Davin

Service Officer - Wayne Macejak

Chaplin - Robert Adame

Sergeant-At-Arms - Raymond Wood

Assistant Sergeant-At-Ams - Felix Ramos

Judge Advocate - Larry Shaver

Historian - Robin Sutton


Sons Of American Legion (SAL)

Commander - Bryson Taylor 

Chaplain - Mike Long 

Sergeant-At-Arms - Jason Herskind 

2023-2024 Membership Renewals

We are now into our annual Membership renewals for the 2023-2024 Legion year. You will be receiving your membership renewal information soon, the annual dues are now $45.00 if you have any questions, just contact the Post. We encourage everyone to renew online to reduce redundancy in paperwork. Your membership in the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization helps us support local veterans, military, and community programs. Don't Delay - Renew Today!!!


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Special Message For Veterans

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Please Donate to The American Legion Post 1288 Building Fund

We need your support! Thank you in advance!

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    Post Meetings

Bolingbrook Post 1288 meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 PM.  The meetings are held at 201 B Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. For more information regarding meeting times and dates and other post events, please Contact Us.

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Useful Links and Resources 

Click The Flag to Protect It!! Citizen's Flag Alliance
Veterans Administration
National Legion
National Legion Auxillary
Bolingbrook VFW 5917
American Legion Riders

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