American Legion's BOY'S STATE cancellation.

The American Legion premier Boy's State, scheduled for June 13th - June 19th at the Eastern Illinois University has been cancelled for 2020. 

Any High School Junior that wishes to attend in 2021 may submit their application, along with the $300.00 fee, to the Illinois Department of the American Legion by June 1, 2020. 

Applications and information may be obtained from the American Legion Elgin Post 57 Boy's State chairman, Don Sleeman at 224-639-3215


VETERAN's:  Do you have a copy of your DD Form 214 (Discharge Papers)?  

It is imperative that all Veteran's and/or their family has, in their procession, a copy of the Veteran's DD214 discharge paper in order to receive any benefits or military programming if the Veteran passes away.  Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, the process of obtaining a copy from the records depot is may be shut down.  For information on how to get a copy, please contact The American Legion Elgin Post 57 Service officer at 224-639-3215.  

Chalwick Memorial.

Due to the COVID 19 restrictions, the ceremony that was scheduled for May 23rd, 2020 for the dedication of the Norbert W. Chalwick plaque commemorating the crash of his Airforce Jet on November 13th, 1951 is postponed until further notice.  For more information please call Don Sleeman 224-639-3215

Department of Illinois Cancels Convention

Click HERE for complete letter with resolutions.


We are the largest Veteran's organization of Veterans helping Veterans. Begun in 1919, and still serving our Veterans and their families today.  

General Information  

You are eligible to become a member of the American Legion, and we would like you to join us here at Elgin Post 57 if you meet the following requirements as established by The United States Congress:  

* Honorable Discharge from the United States Military (all branches of service including Merchant Marines who served during WW2)-  

* Provide us with a copy of your DD214 (if you cannot provide one, we can help you to secure a copy of yours)-  

The dates of eligibility are:  

WW1 (4/6/17 - 11/11/18)  
WW2 until decided by Congree (12/7/41 - ?)  

We look forward to you joining us here as a member of the American Legion Elgin Post 57, or as a member of the American Legion (Women's) Auxiliary Unit 57, or the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 57!

American Legion Has Change in Eligibility Criteria 

President Trump signed into law a bill that declares the United States has been in a state of war since December 7, 1941. The American Legion fought for this declaration to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. service members who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war. 
The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service Act) allows for approximately six million veterans to join the American Legion, the largest veterans’ service organization. 
These veterans who join will benefit from American Legion programs and other veterans’ benefits. National Commander Brett Reistad said, “Recognizing the service of these wartime veterans is the right thing to do and is long overdue. Moreover, we are proud to welcome … veterans from previously unrecognized periods into our organization and call them ‘Legionnaires.’” 
As of the July 30 signing, the American Legion’s eligibility criteria changes to two eras: April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 and Dec. 7, 1941 to a time later determined by Congress. 
The Legion with nearly two million members and 13,000 posts nationwide assists veterans, military personnel and their families with donations, grants and legislative advocacy. 
American Legion Elgin Post 57 invites veterans to join its post that supports veterans, community and local youths. Its monthly meeting is held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 820 N. Liberty street, Elgin, Il. . 
For more information, contact our post at 847-741-1684.

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