Members often visit the local grade schools and teach the proper etiquette of flag care and flag retirement. The post donates school flags to classrooms in need.
We also partner with UC Davis Calahan Funeral home to incinerate flags with veterans being cremated.
There is a flag collection box in the club room.
Grave flags are given free of charge on Memorial Day. Donations are accepted to support this program.
This group enjoys the fellowship of riding motorcycles. To become a member, you must be a member in good standing of either the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion. Along with the camaraderie of riding together, members coordinate programs similar to the American Legion. Meetings are the 2d Thursday of every month at 7PM. Riders FACEBOOK
The Post sponsors a Senior American Legion Baseball team for ages 16-19. Tryouts are in July for the following year. There is a 12 week winter training camp at Weirs and they schedule to play around 30-35 games that’s with tournaments. If you missed the tryouts but think you have what it takes, contact Coach Kevin Fischer.
Scout Troop 469 is charted by the American Legion. The post provides meeting space and support.
The primary purpose of the Youth Police Program is to establish an inter-personal relationship between the youth of our State and Law Enforcement Officers, in order to create a better understanding of the problems and attitudes of both groups, and to develop a rapport between youth and the police.
This program is coordinated by the Department of Illinois American Legion in conjunction with the Illinois State Police and Illinois National Guard.
This small group of dedicated individuals support the programs of the American Legion family. Membership is open to any Legion member or descendants of membership eligible Legion members.
Both Boys and Girls State is an exercise in learning by doing. Honored attendees create their own 51st state and learn the mechanics of our government in the process. Both are held during separate weeks at Eastern Illinois University in June. Eligible selectees attend between their junior and senior year of high school. Attendance to these programs are recognized and viewed favorably by college and academy admissions offices.
We solicit your assistance in nominating qualified candidates. Candidates can be identified years in advance. To nominate an outstanding young adult contact the post.
Below are the next several Boys State sessions. Attendees arrive on Saturday and depart Friday....the Girls State session always follows the Boys State week and is Saturday - Friday as well.
Boys State 85TH ANNUAL SESSION JUNE 13-19, 2020
86TH ANNUAL SESSION JUNE 12-18, 2021
87TH ANNUAL SESSION JUNE 11-17, 2022
88TH ANNUAL SESSION JUNE 10-16, 2023
89TH ANNUAL SESSION JUNE 8-14, 2024
Each year your membership is a small part that adds to the voice the National American Legion has on capital hill. The American Legion has advocated and influenced laws that benefit veterans and their families since its very beginning. Only by maintaining this block voice can we continue to have significant impact. Currently, $31 of the $35 Post 294 annual membership dues goes to Department (state) and National for execution of their programs. National Website: HERE
The American Legion Post 294 is a member of the County's Veterans Assistance Commission. The VAC is a means to efficiently handle requests for assistance across all veterans organizations in Grundy County. The commission identifies needs and shares information. There is a full time two person staff that works for the commission. Their offices are located within the Grundy County administration building,
1320 Union Street in Morris.
815-941-3152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
also see veteran related links page
The Morris Color Guard is made up of members from several different veterans organizations. They perform memorial and ceremonial services in the local area. You may contact them. HERE
It's about veterans stories...not about military stuff. Located on the second floor of the Morris American Legion Post 294. It is generally staffed 0800-1000 every Wednesday. Arrangements can be made for viewing at other times or to coordinate donations of your or a loved ones story. Visit the Museum's page within this website. HERE
Each year the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 294 sells poppies to raise funds to support their veterans programs. The American Legion supports this program and assists with logistics and volunteers. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 294 FACEBOOK
The club room is a bar / tavern / lounge -- whatever term you use. It is a place to enjoy a drink and light food. Its a fun place to hang out that isn't too loud nor crowded. Play some pool. It has just the right mix of people. Prices are inexpensive compared to most but we have to make a profit. Pull Tabs and IGB machines are always ready to test your luck. We hear the ATM always pays out if you're within your limit. Clubroom FACEBOOK
The VA Outreach team is at the Post every first Monday of the month. A variety of services are available from the team and they can also help veterans with referrals and information about the programs and services available at Hines Hospital and the Joliet Community Clinic.
The Post executive board allows several groups not directly connected to Post 294 use of the building for meetings.
Jessie L. Johnson Grundy County Marine Corps League Det 1372
Disabled American Veterans Chief Shabbona Chapter 86
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 294
Scout BSA Troop 808 (Auxiliary Chartered)
The John Martin Steele VFW Post 6049 coordinates the program of Memorial Day in Morris. Post 294 coordinates the program for Veterans Day. The Post is involved with both programs with members speaking, reception setup, or participating in the parade.
Looking for a place to hold a meeting, shower, birthday party etc. Contact event coordinator to reserve your date. Holds 80 people. Catering available. TV, tables, chairs, reasonable rates.
For many years Post 294 has sponsored an honors banquet for eighth graders from Immaculate Conception School, Saratoga School, Morris Grade School, and Nettle Creek. We currently partner with John Martin Steele Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6049 in Morris to continue this awesome recognition program. Parents and honor students are invited to a catered buffet dinner with guest speaker. Each honor student is individually recognized and receives a certificate.
Since 1926 the award is given to a boy and a girl in the graduating classes of elementary and high school. Those who receive a medal must exemplify six qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service.
Candidates for the award are voted upon by the school’s faculty and members of the candidate’s class. American Legion Post 294 makes the final selection upon receiving recommendations from the students and faculty.
Each year Post 294 honored to recognizes a girl and boy from each 8th grade class from Immaculate Conception School, Saratoga School, Morris Grade School, and Nettle Creek as well as a pair of seniors from Morris Community High School.
Each year Post 294 gives a college scholarship to a deserving senior at Morris Community High School. The form is located HERE.