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SERVING  THE  COMMUNITIES  OF  LOCKPORT,  LEMONT  &  HOMER GLEN
Updated: 26 Feb. 2015
              MONTHLY MEETINGS:
1st Tuesday,         7:00, POST Members                                  3rd Tuesday,   7:00, Auxiliary                                
1st Wednesday,    7:00 Legion Riders (A.L.R.)                        Last Tuesday,   7:00, POST 18 Executive Board      
2nd Tuesday       7:00 Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L)                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                              
15052 S. Archer, Lockport, IL 60441        Phone:  815-838-4515
E-mail: alegion18@aol.com     Web site: www.alegion18.org    Webmaster:  praxisllc@aol.com
 
COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:   
As we move toward spring, the POST is looking to have another busy and successful year. In addition to the usual activities and holiday events, our annual Poppy Days Fundraiser will occur over the Memorial Day weekend. Probably the biggest event in our POST’s history will be the arrival of the Vietnam “Moving Wall, 20-24 Aug.” Both events will need all the volunteers we can muster. As we move closer to the dates, additional information will be posted in the Clubroom and on our web page. Please plan now to help out. For information on “Poppy Days” contact Bill Patterson (praxisllc@aol.com); for the Vietnam “Moving Wall” contact Tom Jost (rllbtom@comcast.net).                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                   Mike Meyers
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TO THOSE WE REMEMBER AND GIVE THANKS . . .
 

IWO JIMA AT "70" - FEB 23, 1945
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Photographer Joe Rosenthal admitted that when he took a shot of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag
on Iwo Jima’s Mt. Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, he had no idea that he had captured something extraordinary. He was setting
up for a different shot when he spotted the group of men planting the flag and quickly took a snap without even looking through
 the viewfinder. The chance photo would become iconic overnight and go on to win the Pulitzer Prize.  

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Since being chartered in 1920, our American Legion Post 18 has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces.  Today, we continue to welcome all current military personnel serving our country.  Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble.

 
POST NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS 

POST NEWS  


NATIONAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR - THROUGH DECEMBER, 2016
 "THIS WEEK IN VIETNAM HISTORY,"  (WWW.HISTORY.COM)
MARCH 1, 1965: "U.S. INFORMS SOUTH VIETNAM ON INTENT TO SEND MARINES" 
Ambassador Maxwell Taylor informs South Vietnamese Premier Phan Huy Quat that the United States is preparing to send 3,500
U.S. Marines to Vietnam to protect the U.S. airbase at Da Nang. Three days later, a formal request was submitted by the U.S. Embassy, asking the South Vietnamese government to "invite" the United States to send the Marines. Premier Quat, a mere figurehead, had to obtain approval from the real power, Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu, chief of the Armed Forces Council. Thieu approved, but asked that the Marines be "brought ashore in the most inconspicuous way feasible." Rumors of the imminent
arrival of American troops soon circulated in Saigon, but there was no official word from either government until March 6 when
the Johnson administration publicly confirmed that it would be sending the Marines to South Vietnam.

Video "Running Through the Jungle," Vietnam War Music:  http://youtu.be/bg9e4B3pLQA

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CURRENT EVENTS
2015 ANNUAL LEGION MEMBERSHIP DUES!!!
2015 membership is in effect. Dues payments made directly at the Post will ensure that your dues will be recorded accurately in a timely manner. Dues mailed to the
National Office have been known to become lost or not reported to the Post. A special dues discount is available with a "5-year dues card."
For information or assistance contact Vic Martinka, Membership Chair at: 815-372-2656. Door cards are cut off for expired memberships.

SUNDAYS, 5:00 PM, "QUEEN OF HEARTS," TICKET SALES END AT 4:55 PM.  

Tickets are available throughout the week in the Club Room: 6 for $5 or $1 each. If no one wins, the pot rolls over to the following week until we have a winner. The Clubroom

is open to the public on Sunday afternoon so come out, bring your friends and take a chance to win the jackpot! Proceeds go to support POST 18. 

"TACO TUESDAYS." S.A.L.'s $1.50 TACO FUNDRAISER TO SUPPORT THE "VIETNAM MOVING WALL" IN AUGUST   

FRIDAY FISH FRYS, 5:00 - 7:30 PM, PUBLIC WELCOME 

PANCAKE BREAKFASTS, SUNDAYS, 8 - 11:00 AM, 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, PUBLIC WELCOME

26 FEB, VIETNAM COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE MEETING, 7:00 PM, CLUBROOM 


FUTURE EVENTS
8 MARCH, "POST 18 ANNUAL MEAT RAFFLE" 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, CORNED BEEF LUNCH BEING SERVED
Prizes include hams, steaks, corner beefs, turkeys and much more. Open to the public so bring your friends and enjoy the food, fun and prizes while supporting the POST.
"ANNUAL POPPY DAYS," 22, 23 MAY, POST-WIDE "ALL-HANDS" FUNDRAISER.
Volunteers will be needed from all POST 18 organizations (POST, Auxiliary, SAL & AL Riders) - 2 hr. assignments.
PLEASE PLAN TO HELP. Contact Bill Patterson at: praxisllc@aol.com
VIETNAM "MOVING WALL," 20 - 24 AUG AT POST 18.
Volunteers and donations needed! Contact Tom Jost at:  rllbtom@comcast.net
24 AUG, RAFFLE DRAWING FOR VIETNAM COMMEMORATIVE COLT "M1911-1A, .45 CAL. SERVICE PISTOL" W/ DISPLAY CASE
Proceeds to support the "Vietnam Moving Wall" exhibit costs. Ticket available in the Clubroom for $10 ea.; maximum tickets 750. 

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS
We've received generous landscaping support from "Perfect Cut Lawns" in Lockport. Please consider using them for any of your landscaping or snow removal needs. Mention POST 18 when you contact: Kevin Pendle at: 815-603-3485.

SUPPORT YOUR POST! POST 18 "90th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE COINS" $10.
All proceeds go to support your Post's Building Improvement Fund. Coins available in the Club Room.
  
 
HALL AND PAVILION RENTAL AVAILABLE
Go to "Hall Rental" page. Contact Mike Meyers at 708-516-1469. Remind your family, friends
and neighbors of our hall and catering availability.
 
VETERAN INFORMATION RESOURCES (Copy web address and paste to your browser)
AID AND ATTENDANCE PENSION
        www.veteranaid.org/program.php
STATE OF ILLINOIS UNCLAIMED PROPERTY I-CASH PROGRAM
         www.icash.illinois.gov  
VA DENTAL INSURANCE OFFERED
        http://va.gov/ 
VA RATING SYSTEM FOR DISABILITY
            3A1.0.1.1.5.2
SUBSIDY CALCULATOR FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA)
EARLY BIRD BRIEFS - TO SUBSCRIBE
FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS, DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORS. 2013 EDITION
MILITARY RIBBON/MEDAL MOUNTING AND REPLACEMENT
        http://www.ultrathin.com/
MILITARY BENEFITS ONLINE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
        http://www.military.com/NL_MR/1,14852,9883,00.html 
DoD ANNOUNCES VIETNAM WAR 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION PROGRAM: 
        http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL
        
http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm  
V.A. INFORMATION: 
       
 http://www.myhealth.va.gov/  
        http://va.gov/  
"AGENT ORANGE PRESUMPTIVE DISEASES" 
       http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/index.asp
VETERAN SERVICE RECORDS & DD214 REQUESTS:
        http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
HANDGUN MANUALS
        Smith & Wesson:  http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Category4_750001_750051_757821_-1_757814_757812_image 
MEMORIAL AND BURIAL BENEFITS:
        John Marshall Law School - Phone: 312-717-2737