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.  

Voter's Information -- It's Your Obligation To Vote 

 

                                Early Voting starts today in Will County.

 

Do you believe in the principles within the American Legion Constitution’s Preamble?

Are you aware of the Resolution passed at The American Legion 1923 Convention?                                                    Summarized it states;

Resolved, That we consider any Individual, group of individuals, or organizations, which creates, or foster racial, religious or class strife among our people… to be UN-AMERICAN, a menace to our liberties and destructive to our fundamental law…and inconsistent with the ideals and purposes of The American Legion. This was published in The American Legion Magazine, August 2020 edition page 8, by National Commander - James W. “Bill” Oxford.

We must all speak out against the willful dishonesty, voter suppression and gerrymandering of, “the want be autocrats.”  

 

"If Americans stop believing in the system of institutions, then what is left but chaos… It is the theme of every autocrat who ever seized power or tried to hold onto it," writes US Navy Adm. William McRaven, Aug.17, 2020

 

Vote the declarations you speak prior to each meeting.

Commander's Corner

This year has presented many obstacles in our efforts to collect needed funds for our Veteran's Post Relief Account. You may not be aware of this but for each membership paid the National AL receives $31 and we receive only $9. 

 

During these hard times veterans have come to us asking for assistance and our funds are being depleted. We rely heavily on Poppy Days, Village Sponsored Events, Veteran's Appreciation Day, and other opportunities. Well COVID-19 has put a HOLD on these events.

 

There are two outstanding opportunities right now that will help us increase our reserves. The first is the Thursday Night Veterans Draw held at Tailgaters Bar and Grill where we sale raffle tickets for a chance to draw the Queen of Hearts. If picked the winner receives a percentage of the pot the rest is split between our post and the VFW. We also sell pull tabs  at the drawings.

 

The second chance to raise funds is at the Veterans Premier Raffle Hall where a BINGO Type Raffle is held on Thursday nights and pull tabs are sold. Once again we get a percentage of the proceeds.

 

I am calling on you to help share the load with us on these events. You can do this by coming out to volunteer your time and help us sell tickets and pull tabs. So as not to burn out the regular helping team we can do  this. Be a part of your team by participating. We have mask and gloves and practice safe distancing. Please contact the post and let us know you want to help. 630-226-8484.

 

Tailgaters Raffle "Find The Queen" 

Every Thursday starting at 5 PM members from Bolingbrook VFW Post 5917 and American Legion Post 1288 conduct a Veteran's Draw by selling raffle tickets for a chance to draw the "Queen Of Hearts". The prize distribution depends or the amount collect in a progressive pot for the Queen, however cncellation 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. 

 

For More Information go to:  www.tailgatorspub.com

Veteran's Premier Raffle Hall 

        Experience The Excitement 

Every Thursday night we work the floor selling  pull tabs for a chance

to win Money Ball Jackpots, FIRE HORSE RACE jackpots, Early Bird Specials  and more.

 

They sell various packages with many ways to win.We assist customers in varification of winning BINGO Raffle Tickets and just having a good time. Bingo raffle tickets go on sell at 5 PM with the first game call starting at 6 PM. 

Please come out and help us or buy a package and enjoy playing BINGO.

For More Information visit http://www.veteranspremiercharityraffle.com/

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 2020-2021

Elections for Post 1288 officers for the 2020-2021 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.

2020-2021 Membership Renewals

We are now into our annual  Membership renewals for the 2020-2021 Legion year. If you haven't received your membership renewal information or have any questions, just contact the Post. Because of COVID-19 and steps in the process, we incourage on-line renewals. 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 ilam1288@yahoo.com.

Calendar - At-A-Glance...

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

09/01 - Saturday, Blood Drive 9AM - 1PM St. Dominic School

09/18 - POW/MIA Ceremony at the Bolingbrook Veteran's Memorial  8 PM

09/21 - Monday, 7:30PM Monthly Post Meeting

10/19 - Monday, 7:30PM Monthly Post Meeting

10/24 - Saturday, Blood Drive 9AM - 1PM Fire Station #5

 

 

Special Message For Veterans

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November Raffle Tickets On Sale

We are once again holding our Post 1288 Raffle Ticket Sales event for the entier month of November. Each weekend starting in Novemebr you have a chance to win money based on the Lottery Pick 3 Drawing held during Mid-Day And Evening Drawings. The numbers matching the drawing is for straight picks only. For inforation contact John Davin 630-226-8485

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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