American Legion Post 1288
American Legion Post 1288

Welcome to the Bolingbrook American Legion - Post 1288

Organized December 2, 1971  |  Chartered January 17, 1971

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 Auxillary Unit 1288 and the Sons of the Legion Squadron 1288. 


For information on Post 1288, Unit 1288 Auxiliary, or Squadron 1288 please contact us.

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

Veteran's Christmas Party

Join Post 1288 and VFW Post 5917 for our Annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14 at the Levy Center, 251 Canterbury Ln. Bolingbrook starting at 6:00 PM.  Bring your family for some festive holiday fun and enjoy music, entertainment, and of course a visit by the Big Man from the North Pole (children must be registered before the party to ensure a gift from Santa).  To purhcase tickets, contact Herschel Nelson at 630-226-8485.

Help Bring Holiday Cheer to Our Deployed Troops this Holiday Season

Post 1288 is teaming up with Operation Support Our Troops - America to collect donated items for our troops deployed overseas this holiday season.  Donations are requested by October 15th to our Post in order to insure timely delivery to our troops.  For a list of suggested items to donate please see attached flyer for details.  

Operation Support Our Troops 2019
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Attention High School Students - Post 1288 Oratorical Contest

Bolingbrook area High Schoolers, here is your chance to compete for some of the most generous scholarships available for college - the Amertican Legion Oratorical Contest.  Check out our News & Events section for more information as well as complete rules and details.

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 2019-2020

Elections for Post 1288 officers for the 2019-2020 year were recently held.  Congratulations to our incoming Post 1288 officers:


Post Commander - Herschel Nelson

Sr. Vice Commnader - Roy Pura

Jr. Vice Commnader - Robin Sutton

Adjutant - Greg Palmer

Finance Officer - John Davin

Service Officer - Wayne Macejak

Chaplin - Angelo Irizarry

Sergeant-At-Arms - Raymond Wood

Assistant Sergeant-At-Ams - William Marszalik

Judge Advocate - Larry Shaver

Historian - Richard Bloor

Sons of the American Legion

Post 1288 is home to the newly formed Sons of the American Legion  - Squadron 1288.  The Squadron will meet on the third Monday of each month at 6PM at the Post home (just prior to the monthly Post meeting).  All male descendants, adopted sons, and stepsons of members of the American Legion and such male descendants of veterans who died in Service during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, and the War on Terrorism, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of the American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, are eligible for membership to the Sons of the American Legion.  For more information or to join Squadron 1288, please contact the Post.

2019-2020 Membership Renewals

We are now into our annual  Membership renewals for the 2019-2020 Legion year. If you haven't received your membership renewal information or have any questions, just contact the Post.  Your membership to the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization helps us support local veterans, military, and community programs.  Don't Delay - Renew Today!!!


If you would like information on joining the American Legion, please contact us at

Calendar - At-A-Glance...

Every Thursday, join us at Tailgaters for our Veteran's Draw.  5-7:30 PM

10/13 - Cheesy Pretzel 5K at the Promenade

10/20 - 11 AM - Manteno Bingo Trip.  RSVP to John Davin so we know we have enough room on the bus.

10/21 - 7:30 PM - Monthly Post meeting

11/3 - 1 PM - Utica Veteran's Parade

11/11 - 11 AM - Veteran's Day Ceremony - Bolingbrook Village Memorial

11/16 - Festival of Lights

11/18 - 7:30 PM - Monthly Post meeting

12/8 - 3 PM - Post 1288 Oratorical Contest

12/14 - 6 PM - Veteran's Christmas Party



Special Message For Veterans

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Check Out the Latest Post Newsletter

Click It for the Newsletter - October, 2019 Newsletter is now available!! 

College Football

Games on November 16


VMI                           6

Army                       47


Navy                       20

Notre Dame            52


Air Force                 38

Colorado St.            21

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 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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