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.  

Memorial Day Weekend 2019

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 27, 2019 and Post 1288 will be out in force to remember and honor our veterans.  On Saturday, the Post will be at Walmart on Route 53 with our Poppies.  We will be there from 9 AM - 4 PM.  Come out to help or be sure to support us when you see us.  On Memorial Day, the Post will set up crosses and flags at the Bolingbrook Veteran's Memorial starting at 6:30 AM.  At 9:00 AM the Post will provide an honor guard at Boardmen Cemetery.  At 10:00 AM the honor guard will be at Hillcrest cemetery.  Finally at 11:00 AM the Post will participate in the Village Memorial Day Ceremony at the Village Memorial.  All are invited to attend.   

Calvalcade of Planes 2019

This year Post 1288 will once again participate in the Annual Cavalcade of Planes taking place at Clow airport on June 1 and June 2, 2019.  We will have information for veterans and military memorabilia displays.  Please be sure to stop by our tent and say hello.

Join us on Friday, March 2, 2018 for our Fish Fry-Day at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook (431 W. Boughton Rd.) from 5PM to 8PM.  $12.00 all you can eat Fish, Fries and Coleslaw.  Come support our veterans!!!  Look forward to seeing you there.

Scouting News

Post 1288 is the Charter Organization for Boy Scout Troop 32.  Troop 32 is proud to be the oldest Boy Scout Troop in Bolingbrook.  Scouting is a great way for our youth to dedicate themselves to serving our community, state and nation while also learning many valuable skills and making lifelong friends.  


Post 1288 is also the Charter Organization for the newest Cub Scout Pack in Bolingbrook - Pack 1288.  Scouts within the Pack are introduced to the Scouting life - from earning merit badges, to Pinewood Derby, to Hikes and various outings - all while having fun and making new friends.   


For more information on our Scouting organizations, please contact us 630-730-1225.  Or stop by one of our meetings.  The Scouts meet on the First and Third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 PM to 8PM at our Post home - 201 Canterbury Ln. Unit B, Bolingbrook, IL 60440.

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.

2018-2019  Membership Renewals

We are now into our annual  Membership renewals for the 2018-2019 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

"VETERAN" Designation Now Available on IL Driver's License

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that beginning July 1, 2015, veterans will be able to get an updated driver's license/ID card with the designation "VETERAN" under the signature on the front of the card.


Under Public Act 97-0739, veterans who have received an Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions Discharge can obtain the designation on their Illinois driver's license or ID cards.   


Obtaining the designation is simple.  First official verification is required from the Illinois Dept. of Veteran Affairs (DD-214 or Certification of Military Service is required).  Once certification is obatined, the veteran may apply for new, renewal, or updated driver's license or ID card at any Secretary of State Driver Services facility. 


To make this process easier, the Post would like to arrange for a representative from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs to come to the Post to certify DD-214s.  Therefore we need to know who would be interested.  If you are interested, and would like to obatin certification at the Post, please contact Herschel Nelson at 630-226-8484 in order to get on the list.


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Calendar - At-A-Glance...

Sept 9    -  10 AM Pathway Parade

Sept 16  - 10 AM Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest

Sept  17 - 6:00PM SAL Post Meeting 

                     7:30PM AL Post Meeting

Sept 21    - 8:00 PM MIA/POW Ceremony

Sept 25    - 7:30 PM Village Hall Proclamation

Sept 29    - Veteran’s Appreciation Day

Special Message For Veterans

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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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National Legion
National Legion Auxillary
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