American Legion Altenburg Post 497
Franklin Grove, IL - Statistical Overview
Chartered shortly after World War I in February, 1930 with 26 original members.
Meeting hall donated to the post by Miss Blanche Durkes, a WWI nurse, from the estate of Luther Durkes, an original charter member of the post.
Members have consistently improved the post building with total remodeling of the interior in 2012, most of the cost being paid from a memorial fund donated by families of deceased members.
Some accomplishments include:
- Awarding of the American Legion Medal of Appreciation to veterans returning from overseas service.
- Sponsoring of an exterior mural with message "Freedom Is Not Free".
- The giving of a beautiful commemorative bible: Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish, to the family of each deceased post member.
- Yearly sponsoring delegates comprised of high school juniors to an summer Leadership Training for boys and girls.
Their purpose: "To honor all military veterans of this community and to be of greater service to our community."
Paid membership as of 10/21/2014 - 20
Thank you to Nachusa Grasslands and The Nature Conservancy for continued support