Banquet Hall, War Room, and Outdoor Pavilion are all available for rent.
Video Gaming • 8 Big Screen TVs • Surround Sound • Hi Tech Juke Box
Welcome to the The New Lenox American Legion – Thomas E. Hartung Post 1977
The New Lenox American Legion is a service organization for veterans and committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship programs in New Lenox and surrounding communities. The Legion is located at 14414 W. Ford Drive in New Lenox, Illinois.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. Our New Lenox organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
We offer many different services and opportunities to New Lenox and the surrounding communities
News & Events at the New Lenox American Legion
WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WE STAND FOR THE FLAG, WE KNEEL FOR THE FALLEN
WE DON’T KNOW THEM ALL, BUT WE OWE THEM ALL
Queen of Hearts
EVERY card is a winner! Click here to see the Friday 10-19-18 Queen of Hearts Payout Schedule. Our Queen of Hearts game pays out 100%, minus taxes. Drawing is at 7 PM on Friday. Plus, don’t miss out on our weekly 50/50 raffle. Are you feeling lucky?
The American Legion Riders Chapter 1977 – 50/50 Raffle!!!
Your American Legion Riders are having a 50/50 raffle to raise money to sponsor a “run” in 2019 which in turn will raise money for a worthy charity. The tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20 and can be purchased at the Canteen or from an ALR member. The winning ticket will be drawn December 16th during half time of the Packers @ Bears game. Winner need not be present. Winner’s portion is already over $600!
If you are an active Member of the Post, the Ladies Auxiliary, or the Sons of the American Legion and own and ride a motorcycle you are encouraged to join our chapter of the ALR. Meetings are the second Sunday of the month at 11 AM. There is a sign up sheet on the main bulletin board in the hallway behind the bar or use our CONTACT page (use “Other”) to get in touch.
Open to the Public
Many otherwise-well-informed citizens think “American Legion? That’s just a place for old Veterans to sit around and trade war stories over a beer.” While that may be the case elsewhere, NOT HERE. Check out our Post Videos Page and see all the fun they are missing out on. (They do have the “beer” part right though. LOL!.) Stop in some time. We are “Open to the Public” seven days a week.
Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Cubs in High Definition!
Our recently-refurnished Canteen has 8 big high definition LED TVs to put you where your favorite team is playing. Ask the bartender to watch your preferred programming.
Our Kitchen is OPEN Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 4 pm till 9 pm
Our kitchen is OPEN from 4 pm till 9 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays! The Teardrop Cafe and the Post hope you will stop in and enjoy the absolutely best home cooking in New Lenox. ((OMG is that food good!!!)) Check out our new menu!
Dog Tag Drink Specials Every Tuesday
Veterans, show your dog tags and get .50¢ off any drink on Tuesdays.
Free N’ Fun Bar Bingo on Wednesdays!
FREE N’ FUN BAR BINGO in the Canteen! Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Great nightly prizes plus a chance to win the CASH JACKPOT of between $3,000 AND $10,000. It’s free to play! Come early, have a delicious dinner, and enjoy some beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available at the bar.
.Everyone gets 25¢ off on beer, .50¢ off on mixed drinks. Plus (weather permitting) enjoy Thursday Night Horseshoes! $10 entry fee. Double elimination. Sign up at 6:00 pm, Draw for partners at 6:30 pm. Limited to 40 players. Don’t play horseshoes? Try your hand at bean bags. The Pavilion’s outside bar, “Tommy’s Tap” is open and you can enjoy dinner from our kitchen on one of the many picnic tables.
Queen of Hearts Raffle and Karaoke with Chad on Fridays
The search continues for the elusive Queen of Hearts every Friday Night at 7:00 pm. Tickets are on sale all week during business hours. Then stick around for Karaoke with Chad from 7:00 pm till midnight.
DJ on Saturday Nights!
Stop by the American Legion and enjoy Jammin Jimmie T from 8 pm to 1 am.
As our way of saying “Thank You” to everyone supporting the United States Armed Forces and its Veterans, we have assembled 38 of our favorite patriotic music videos on this website’s PATRIOTIC VIDEOS PAGE
Our very own Thomas E. Hartung Patriotic Music Videos now have over 18,640 YouTube views. These music videos were created by United States Armed Forces Veterans and active duty personnel. They are rapid-fire, get-your-popcorn-before-you-hit-PLAY videos and our way of saying:THANK YOU for your support and GOD BLESS AMERICA! (Thank you for all the “likes”!)
The 11 Thomas E. Hartung patriotic music videos include: Caissons Go Rolling Along, (5,994) Anchors Aweigh, (4,891) The U.S. Air Force Hymn, (1,281) The Marine Hymn, (3,160) Good Morning Vietnam, God Bless America, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, An American Trilogy, You Got What It Takes, The Star Spangled Banner, and God Bless the USA.
Operation FOOTLOCKER Continues…
The New Lenox American Legion Post 1977 wishes to thank everyone who has participated in this effort. We will continue to collect personal items for the Illinois Veterans Home-Manteno. Many of these elderly Veterans have no living relatives so we are their only family. They proudly served in the United States Armed Forces. Now, they need our help. Please donate new, unopened items and food products [from the list provided]. All donations can be placed in the foot locker conveniently located at the North entrance of the Canteen. Thank You!!!
The New Lenox American Legion Post 1977 Auxiliary JOIN OUR AUXILIARY TODAY!
YOU would be a great addition to our membership!! When you support our Auxiliary, you support our Veterans. The Auxiliary holds two fundraisers per year allowing us to help Veterans acquire service dogs along with free training through K9s for Veterans. Other successes include raising funds to help support Wreaths Across America, Manteno Veterans Home, Wounded Warriors In Action, and the New Lenox Fire Protection District Foundation among others. In addition, our members enjoy hours spent at Veteran events, getting to know our Nation’s heroes having quality time and conversations that are unforgettable. We cannot continue without your help. Please join the Auxiliary today (applications are at the Post). Our meetings are every second Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the New Lenox American Legion. Will you help us help our Veterans?
Sons of the American Legion Award $10,000 In Scholarships
Each college student who received scholarships had to meet basic requirements and be an active member’s son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of one of our entities: The American Legion, The Sons of The American Legion or our Auxiliary. One of the requirements is that each participant complete 10 hours of voluntary work at a veteran organization such as the Manteno Veterans Home.The essay’s theme, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”, asked our student participants to look at themselves and describe their patriotic actions and goals as they transition into adulthood.
The “Jeff Maertin Memorial Scholarship Fund” is funded by our Annual “Jeff Maertin Memorial Golf Outing” held in June of each year. If you would like to sponsor a hole or participate in this fun event in 2019, call Tim Craft (312) 848-8301 or Tim Corcoran (727)798-3578.
Walk of Honor Memorial Bricks
Our Memorial Walk leading up to and surrounding our flags and “Snarley”, our WWII tank, is a great way to honor loved ones. They do NOT need to be Veterans. Etched Memorial Bricks can be purchased for only $50 and you have the option of choosing where it will be placed. Please visit our foyer for more information and order forms. There are already over 400 etched bricks along this walk honoring individuals from a Civil War Veteran to our current Mayor of New Lenox. Please visit our Memorial Walk, please be respectful, and as always, thank you for your support.
Unit Patch Display
We have mounted Unit Patch Display cases in the main hallway. Honor those you’ve served with and display your past unit or ship patches. If you’d like to have your patch displayed please place it in an envelope and turn it in at the canteen.
Will County Veterans Assistance Program
Post members who require assistance with emergency financial aid; Department of Veteran’s Affairs claim work; and Advocacy for Veterans can contact the Will County Veterans Assistance Commision at 815-740-8389 or visit their web page.
Thousands Pre-Enroll for VA National Cemetery Interment:
Since first announced last December, more than 10,000 eligible veterans have taken advantage of a new VA benefit that allows them to pre-enroll for interment in a VA national cemetery, which means less paperwork that survivors will have to complete following their loved one’s death. Interested veterans can submit VA Form 40-10007, Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery, and supporting documentation, such as a DD Form 214, if readily available, to the VA National Cemetery Scheduling Office by toll-free fax at 1-855-840-8299; email to Eligibility.PreNeed@va.gov; or by regular mail to the National Cemetery Scheduling Office, PO Box 510543, St. Louis, MO 63151. Learn more about eligibility determinations.
The New Lenox American Legion offers a beautiful banquet hall facility for the following communities: New Lenox, Mokena, Orland Park, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Tinley Park, Joliet, Lockport, Crest Hill, Lemont, Romeoville, Shorewood, as well as other areas. Host your Wedding Banquet, Corporate Banquet, Awards Banquet, Bridal Shower, Anniversary Party, Baby Shower, Birthday Party, Business Meeting, Holiday Party, Family Reunion, Funeral Banquet, Retirement Party, or any Special Event at the New Lenox American Legion! Click here to learn more about our facilities.
Please bring your worn and tattered American flags to the New Lenox American Legion for proper and honorable disposal. (View “2018 Flag Retirement Ceremony” on our Post VIDEOS page.) New 3×5 American flags are available for purchase at the American Legion for $20. Simply stop by the Canteen and ask the bartender. Click here for more items available for purchase.