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 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.  

Activities Under Construction

Commander's Corner

The past 2 years have 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 $36 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 continues to 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 "Queen Of Hearts" drawing held at Tailgaters Bar and Grill where we sell 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 masks and gloves and practice safe distancing. Please contact the post and let us know if you want to help. 630-226-8484.


    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. 


For More Information go to:

Veteran's 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.

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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 2022-2023

Elections for Post 1288 officers for the 2022-2023 year were recently held.  Congratulations to our incoming Post 1288 officers:


Post Commander - Herschel Nelson

Sr. Vice Commnader - Robin Sutton

Jr. Vice Commnader - Greg Palmer

Adjutant - Greg Palmer

Finance Officer - John Davin

Service Officer - Larry Shaver

Chaplin - Robert Adame

Sergeant-At-Arms - Raymond Wood

Assistant Sergeant-At-Ams - William Marszalik

Judge Advocate - Larry Shaver

Historian - Robert Adame


Sons Of American Legion (SAL)

Wayne  Macejak -  Commander

Bryson Taylor - Vice Commander

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.

Congratulations Squadron #1288

2022-2023 Membership Renewals

We are now into our annual  Membership renewals for the 2022-2023 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 incourage everyone to renew on-line to reduce redondency in paperwork.. 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!!!


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Calendar - At-A-Glance...

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


Every Third Monday of the Month -  7:30PM  201 Cantebury Lane Unit-B




Special Message For Veterans

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Tango hotel alpha november kilo yankee oscar uniform fox oscar romeo victor india sierra india tango india november golf oscar uniform romeo whiskey echo bravo sierra india tango echo!! 

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Being Written

Coming Soon November Veteran's Month Raffle Tickets On Sale

More information to come.

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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