American Legion Post 1288
American Legion Post 1288

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Veteran's Pumpkin Fest at Bengston's Pumkin Farm

The Veterans have teamed up once again with Bengston's Pumpkin Farm for the 2019 Veteran's Pumpkin Fest on September 29.  Veterans and active military are free with ID.  Family members receive a special discount price of $10.00 per person (you must bring the attached flyer).  Children under 2 are admitted free.  Hope to see you at the Farm for a great time!!

Bengston's 2019 Flyer
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Attention High School Students - Post 1288 Oratorical Contest

Post 1288 will be hosting its Oratorical Contest for high school students on Sunday, December 8, 2019. All area High School students under age 20 are eligible.  Qualifying contestants may go on to compete in American Legion District, Division, Department, and National Competitions with a chance to earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students.  See attached for complete rules and details.  Contestant slots are limited so register today.  For questions, or to register as a participant, please email or call 630-730-1225.  Registrations must be received by no later than midnight November 30, 3019.  

Post 1288 2019-2020 Oratorical Contest Official Rules
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2019 POW/MIA Recognition Day

The United States POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday of September every year.  On this day, we take time to remember those brave men and women who were prisoners of war or are missing in action.  Please join us this evening, Friday September 20 at 8:00 PM at the Bolingbrook Village Memorial for our POW/MIA ceremony.

Save the Date - 5th Annual Vet Fest

Save the date for our annual Vet Fest taking place on August 31 from 2 - 8 PM at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center - On the Hill.  Enjoy music, food, fun, and much more.  Admission is free.  Contact the Post for more details.

"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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Membership Renewals Underway

Don't forget, membership renewals are now underway for the 2019-2020 period.  Your dues help to fund much needed veterans' programs and initiatives.  Don't delay...RENEW today!  To renew your membership or if you are an eligible new member or transferee, please contact the Post.

The Bolingbrook Legionnaire

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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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